Saturday, November 2, 2019

Internal Evidence For The Consistency Of The Old Testament--Authors Recognized Each Other's Works To Be Divinely Authoritative

  • The Author Of Ezra Recognized The Pentateuch (First Five Books Of The Old Testament Which Were Written By Moses; Also Called The Book Of The Law) As Authoritative:
           -"Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God." (Ezra 3:2)
  • The Author Of Nehemiah Recognized The Pentateuch As Authoritative:
           -"Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel." (Nehemiah 8:1)
  • Joshua Added Further Content To The Book Of The Law:
           -"Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord." (Joshua 24:26)
  • The Prophets Samuel And Jeremiah Put Into Writing Further Divine Revelation:
           -"Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house." (1 Samuel 10:25)
           -"Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you." (Jeremiah 30:2)
  • The Prophet Daniel Refers To The Writings Of Jeremiah As Inspired Scripture:
           -"in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem." (Daniel 9:2)
  • The Prophet Zechariah Implicitly Refers To The Writings Of Other Prophets Who Were Alive Beforehand:
           -"Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts." (Zechariah 7:12)

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