A Case For The Old Testament: Who Wrote The Torah and When?

by Teri Dugan

Over the past several posts we have been looking at the importance of the foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament. We looked at a few examples of the way God used people and events to foretell us about His Son.

As we study through the Old Testament foreshadowing is a key focus point, but it is also important to know the books that make up the Christian Bible along with the authors and their purpose for the writings (the hermeneutics). As we advance in our studies we should also be able to write content statements or brief outlines of each book as this will help our confidence in countering a culture that often misapplies, misquotes, and misunderstands the Bible altogether.

It is also helpful to know the sequence or timeline of the events in the Bible that can help us understand how the Biblical story relates in overall human history from creation to today.

Can you put these people and events in the correct chronological order? (Check you answer with the timeline in the post)

  • People: Shem, Seth, Moses, Joseph, Noah, Abraham, Adam & Eve, Isaac, Judah, Jacob (Note: some of these people are selected here, while other siblings are left out, because they are in the direct line to Jesus, the promised seed)
  • Events: Fall, The Exodus, Mosaic Covenant, Noachian Covenant, Tower of Babel, Flood, Abrahamic Covenant, Adamic Covenant (Original Promise), Creation

These major events and people come from the first grouping of books in the Old Testament known as the Torah. We will continue to look at major events and people as we study through the other groupings along with major themes pointing to Jesus…

A Case For The Old Testament: Who Wrote The Torah and When?