Archive: Oct 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why did Moses write Genesis?

Ever since the early 19th century the Book of Genesis has been dogged by questions linked to the ‘war’ between religion and science.  What does Genesis say about the age of the earth?  How long were its ‘days’?  What of Genesis and evolution?

But do we ever read it on its own terms, or worry that the questions we put to it are questions it was never intended to answer: questions which  never entered Moses’s head and which  would have produced only looks of blank puzzlement on the faces of his original readers?

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