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The Mosaic Origin of the Pentateuchal Codes
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The Mosaic Origin of the Pentateuchal Codes


Hodder and Stoughton 1886

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This is the volume that brought Vos to the forefront of scholarship in his day. Originally published as his dissertation, The Mosaic Origin of the Pentateuchal Codes rebukes and refutes the then-modern scholarship of German theologians challenging the Mosaic authorship of the first five books of the Bible. Vos lays the groundwork for future scholarship in defense of Moses as the historical writer for the Pentateuch.

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Key Features

  • Rebukes and refutes the then-modern scholarship of German theologians
  • Discusses the authorship of the first five books of the bible
  • Explores Moses as the historical writer for the Pentateuch


  • Statement and Division of the Subject
  • History of the Linguistic Argument of the Critics
  • The Linguistic Argument Examined
  • Incompleteness of the Codes
  • System, or Disorder?
  • Contradictions and Repetitions
  • Development of Law
  • Unity or Plurality of Sanctuary?
  • The Sacrificial System
  • Priests and Levites
  • Levitical and Priestly Revenues
  • Feasts
  • Unity of Deuteronomy and the Laws of the Intermediate Books
  • Internal Evidence for the Mosaic Origin of the Deuteronomic Code
  • Objections Answered
  • Internal Evidence of the Mosaic Origin of the Laws in Exodus–Numbers
  • Testimony of the Historical Books—Judges, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings
  • Testimony of the Early Prophets
  • Testimony of the Poetical Books
  • Second Kings XXII. and Nehemiah VIII.–X.
  • Did Moses Write the Laws?

Praise for the Print Edition

I do not know where a more satisfactory exhibition can be found, of what intelligent readers would wish to learn, in so small a compass.

W. Henry Green, professor of Biblical and Oriental Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary

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About Geerhardus J. Vos

Geerhardus J. Vos was a Dutch-American theologian. He was the first alumnus of Calvin College (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree. Vos studied Old Testament at Princeton Seminary and graduated with honors and accepted an invitation to hold Princeton’s new chair of biblical theology in 1892. He held the chair until his retirement in 1932. During his time at Princeton, he taught some of the great Reformed minds of the twentieth century, including John Gresham Machen and Ned Bernard Stonehouse. Vos was also an essential catalyst in the establishment of Biblical Theology as a discipline and represented the early theological thought as one of the premier Reformed thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his Reformed Dogmatics is an important piece of Reformed theology. He passed away in 1949. Vos’ thinking and scholarship in theology has influenced Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., and Herman Ridderbos.

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