Did a Woman Write Genesis?
1 Corinthians 8:4
“As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol [is] nothing in the world, and that [there is] none other God but one.”
For thousands of years, theories that reject the Word of God have followed cultural fashion. It was inevitable, then, that some “biblical scholar” would invent a theory that a woman wrote some important part of Scripture that has been traditionally assigned to a man.
Historical critic Harold Bloom, who teaches at Yale, has proposed that the mythological “J” source of Genesis was a woman. He says she made up the stories of the creation, Noah and Abraham, and invented an impulsive, violent and “impish” divinity. Bloom’s evidence? The account of Eve’s creation is six times longer than the account of Adam’s creation.
Some Christians have been shaken up needlessly by this so-called “scholarship.” Historical criticism rejects the Bible as the Word of God. It says the Bible is man-made and a result of the natural evolution of religion. There is no room in historical criticism for divine revelation. As a result, historical critics cannot arrive at theories that support the Bible as God’s revelation except by accident. Second, the claimed sources of the Old Testament, such as the “J” source, have never been found and are purely imaginary.
As Christians, we should not be intimidated by such claims of “scholarship.” All this scholarship does is discard the God of Scripture and His Word, replacing the true God with imaginary gods and authors. And, as we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 8, “We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.”
Dear Lord, You are the Word made flesh for our salvation. You are the message of all of Scripture. Grant us teachers who are faithful to Your Word and love to teach the truth. Amen.
Waddle, Ray. 1990. “Is Genesis fiction by female writer?” The Tennessean, Oct. 7. p. 20.