Concordia Theological Monthly

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old testament authorship

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Differences of opinion exist within The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on the import of the words of Christ and other statements of Holy Scripture concerning the human authorship of certain Old Testament books. Much of the concern in this issue is not intrinsically isagogical, but is rather related to the sola scriptura and solus Christus principles of Lutheranism. Some maintain that Christ and the Biblical authors clearly teach that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, Isaiah and Daniel wrote the entire books that bear their names, and David wrote Psalm 110, while others question these conclusions. This difference of opinion raises a Christological question: Can one question the designations of authorship employed by Jesus without thereby calling into question His sinless manhood, omniscience, and even His deity? It also raises a question with regard to the authority of Scripture: Can one challenge any statement of Holy Scripture on the authorship of Biblical books without thereby challenging the authority and truthfulness of the Scriptures?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Philippians 2:7; Philippians 1:27; Philippians 2:2, 4, 12, 14; Romans 8:5; Romans 11:20; Romans 12:16; Romans 15:5; Philippians 3:15, 19; Philippians 4:10; Colossians 3:2; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Genesis 24:20;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars