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Question 3.4:
Who wrote the Torah?


Ah, yet another easy question. :-)

The traditional view is that G-d gave the Jewish people the entire Torah; hence the Torah is the word of G-d. As described above, the Torah consists of a written and an oral portion (although much of the oral portion is now written down). Of the written portion:

The Liberal movements hold less with the notion of the Torah being the actual word of G-d, and more with the notion of the Torah being of divine inspiration, written in the language and context of its time:

The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.

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