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Who wrote Genesis?    I am indebted to P. J. WISEMAN, C.B.E. for his in depth study on this subject


A good question! Who wrote Genesis? It is the popular belief among many people that the facts of Creation and the first book of the Bible was handed down from YHWH to Moses orally. It has been brought to our attention that this may not be the case.
The first point I would like to make is that written language has been in existence since long before Abraham walked on the earth. This writing was written on clay tablets. These clay tablets are, next to stone, the most imperishable form of writing material known to man. Even when dried in the sun they become so hard, that for thousands of years they have remained intact and legible. Ordinary cuneiform writing became general at an early date. Thousands of clay tablets have been found written before the Patriarchal age and altogether there are about a quarter of a million cuneiform clay tablets distributed among the various museums of the world. Nearly a thousand years before Abraham was born and a millennium and a half before the birth of Moses, Lugalzaggisi, King of Erech, began his inscriptions with words which do not differ greatly from those used by the last King of Babylon, 2,200 years later. In Egypt where the papyrus plant flourished, papyrus became the usual material on which to write. The earliest papyrus manuscript still in existence is stated to have been written about 3000 B.C. As we know the earliest form of writing was called cuneiform. According to Wikepedia, "It is generally agreed that true writing of language (not only numbers) was invented in Mesopotamia (specifically, ancient Sumer) around 3200 BC. About 2600 BC cuneiform represented syllables of the Sumerian language. Cuneiform documents were written on clay tablets, by means of a blunt reed for a stylus. The impressions left by the stylus were wedge shaped, thus giving rise to the name cuneiform ("wedge shaped", from the Latin cuneus, meaning "wedge"). Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with a stylus often made of reed (reed pen). Once written upon, many tablets were dried in the sun or air, remaining fragile. Later, these unfired clay tablets could be soaked in water and recycled into new clean tablets. Other tablets, once written, were grilled in a kennal or fired in kilns (or inadvertently, when buildings were burnt down by accident or during conflict) making them hard and durable. Collections of these clay documents made up the very first archives. They were at the root of first libraries. Tens of thousands of written tablets, including many fragments, have been found in the Middle East. The British Museum's collection of cuneiform tablets is among the most important in the world. It contains approximately 130,000 texts and fragments and is perhaps the largest collection outside of Iraq. It can be separated into the following main groups (all numbers below are approximate):
•Early Dynastic (c.3200–2500 BC) - 500 items from Ur, Fara
•Old Akkadian (c. 2500–2200 BC) 150 items
•Ur III (c. 2200–2000 BC) - 30,000 items from Lagash, Umma,             Ur, Drehem.
So, it seems, that historical facts and figures, and family                      geneologies were written down long before Moses walked on the earth, and indeed, long before Abraham. In 1847, Edward Hincks, an Irish                     clergyman, made a great advance towards discovery, when he found that the cuneiform was not an alphabetical system of writing, and by 1857                       he had fixed the value of two hundred and fifty-two combinations of wedges when a considerable number of tablets were required to                                   "complete the series." This was achieved by the use of "titles" "catch lines" and                                                                                                                                       "numbering." My second point therefore, is...

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