stahrwe wrote:RT, your link is to the documentary hypothesis. I am famliliar with the various objections to the Mosaic authorship. I did not ask for that I asked for a link to TP's writing as a primary source. That should be easy enough for you to come up with. As for the objection regarding Moses writing of his own death and things which happened in the future, it's called prophecy. Moses wrote about a great many things that would happen in the future. So that argument bites. Oh, and BTW, Moses did make an appearance after he died. And one more thing, Disney made the movie Song of the South. My discussion of it was in the context of a discussion on censorship.
Will the entertaining gobsmacking never cease?? The gift that goes on giving.
In five seconds I found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of ... _the_Bible
The reference is from The Age of Reason, written in the 1790s.
So here we have two alternative hypotheses, with quite unequal parsimony.
A - Creationism: Moses inerrantly wrote the Pentateuch by dictation from God, including future events as prophecy (eg list of future kings of Edom, names of places that did not yet exist)
B - The World: Authors of the Old Testament collected a range of sources in their effort to present a narrative historic identity for the Jewish people. They attributed material to Moses in order to increase the influence of their writing, and because they misunderstood material that had become distorted through spoken tradition.
Edited to add: http://www.infidels.org/library/histori ... of_reason/ has the full text of The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. The discussion of Lot and Dan is in Part 2.