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Did Ezra Write The Five Books of Moses Known as The Torah or Pentateuch?
First to save confusion the name Esdras (Greek: Ἔσδρας) is a Greco-Latin variation of the name of Hebrew Ezra (the Scribe). We have books 1 and 2 Esdras (written in the first-person) and also the book of Ezra, only Judaeo Christianity makes such confusion! The Esdras books are part of the OT deuterocanonical. Books (from the Greek meaning “belonging to the second canon”) books and passages considered by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East to be canonical books of the Old Testament but which are considered non-canonical by Protestant denominations. They date from the period 300 BC-AD 100 approximately (mostly from 200 BC-AD 70, i.e. before the definite separation of the Church from Judaism). The New Testament equivalents are the Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha.
At the beginning of 2 Esdras 14 which starts with Esdras (sitting under an Oak) minding his own business, when he hears a voice coming from a bush opposite. Calling out Ezra, Ezra, and Ezra, saying here I am lord, and his god tells him that he also spoke to Moses through a bush when his people were in bondage in Egypt. God goes one to say that he told Moses wonderous things and that he would tell Esdras these things too!: Then I commanded Moses, saying, these words you shall publish openly, and these you shall keep secret. God keeps rambling on, and Esdras says let me speak lord in your presence! To save on time and the amount of writing I will give you the gist of the story: God telling Esdras to write the Pentateuch/Torah owing to the originals of the laws have been burnt and destroyed. God goes on and tells Esdras to prepare for yourself many writing tablets, and take with you Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ethanus, and Asiel. These five, trained to write rapidly; and you shall come here, and I will light in your heart the lamp of understanding (meaning inspiration), which shall not be put-out until what you are about to write is finished. And when you have finished, some things you shall make public, and some you shall deliver in secret to the wise; tomorrow at this hour you shall begin to write. Esdras does not have the usual god-given inspiration god gives Esdras an elixir to drink like water, but its colour was like fire. That makes Esdras see or remember every word of the five destroyed books of the Torah/Pentateuch.
Well, those who are not familiar with the written Pentateuch aka the Torah, which is the five books of Moses or the first five books of the Hebrew Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
These books, we are led to believe are the works of Moses. However, Esdras or Ezra, we are informed wrote them after his return from Babylonian captivity. One also has to remember that Esdras/Ezra himself was born in Babylonian captivity.
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