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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 8. Why Are There Anonymous, Pseudonymous, and Fictitious Texts in the Bible?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44879


Did Moses write Genesis? Baruch the scribe may have written down Jeremiah’s words, but who was the Hosea to whom the Hosea scroll is ascribed? The writers of biblical books did not sign them but enhanced the authority of their work by ascribing them to fictitious authors.

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