Religion: Ms. Moses

Did a woman write Scripture?

Who wrote the Pentateuch, the all-important first five books of the Bible? According to ancient Jewish tradition, Moses did. Modern Bible critics hold, however, that various authors long after Moses' time wrote accounts that were later amalgamated into the biblical books. In the latest twist on this "documentary hypothesis," eminent Yale University literary critic Harold Bloom argues that the most memorable sections of Genesis and Exodus, plus bits of Numbers and Deuteronomy, were the work of an anonymous woman.

And not just any woman. According to Bloom, the God of these passages is "the West's major literary character," and the author's...

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