These books are considered sacred by Christians and are also central to the Jewish faith. The Pentateuch includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Sometimes, you'll hear these five books called the Books of the Law. These five books are regarded as the most authoritative part of the Old Testament. Authoritative in large part because these books contain the laws given by Yahweh.
The Pentateuch, or Torah, was until the late 19th century thought to have been composed by Moses. Today, not all Bible scholars agreed with this. Some believe that Ezra the Priest may have written the Pentateuch based on notes made by Moses. The books depict a series of beginnings. These beginnings include the creations of the world and mankind. The books also describe the beginning of God's covenant with the Israelites.
The Pentateuch is an important religious text in both Christianity and Judaism. Some would say it is irrelevant to our lives today but I strongly disagree. It is considered by scholars to be one of the foundational texts of Western civilization. Its influence can be seen in aspects of culture and society. We even see parts of it influencing our law and ethics. In many ways, the Pentateuch is the story of our relationship with God and His creation. We see God's Character unfold through His names throughout the Pentateuch.
2 Months in The Pentateuch is a breakout Bible study from the book Sweeter Than Honey. If you enjoy this 2-month study, you will also enjoy Sweeter Than Honey. Sweeter Than Honey is a 365-day devotional journey that leads the reader through God’s Word in chronological order of book authorship.
Have you ever considered doing a deep-dive study into the Pentateuch?
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