Another discussion on this forum asked whether Moses wrote the Pentateuch. At the risk of being even more controversial, can a smaller question be asked? Did Melchizedek write Genesis 1?
Few clues hint at who authored Genesis 1. To many, the Book of Genesis is considered a work of Moses, at least in part, although the method and circumstances of Moses’ receipt of the content can only be speculated upon. Formulated in the 19th century by Julius Wellhausen, the documentary hypothesis attributes Genesis 1 to a post-exilic priestly author in the order of Aaron (Levi) due to its distinct concerns and style when compared to the rest of the book of Genesis. The competing Wiseman hypothesis based on the analysis of cuneiform clay tablets supports a very early date of authorship consistent with an Abrahamic-era or earlier origin. Following Wiseman, a speculative deduction can be entertained.
Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 7:17)
Jesus is the Creator. (Col. 1:16)
The Creator revealed Genesis 1:1-2:4. (Job 38:4)
Genesis 1:1-2:4a is a genealogy of the heavens and earth. (Gen. 2:4)
The genealogy of the heavens and earth is possessed by God. (Gen. 2:4 is a colophon)
Melchizedek worshiped God, the possessor of heaven and earth. (linking Gen. 14:19, 2:4)
Melchizedek’s priesthood was not based on human genealogy. (Heb. 7:3)
Biblical priesthood is based on genealogy. (Ex. 29:9, Ex. 40:15, Heb. 7:11)
Jesus’ priesthood allows believers to enter God’s rest. (Gen. 2:2, Heb. 4:3-4)
Melchizedek is greater than Abraham (Heb. 7:7), Levi (Heb. 7:9), and presumably Moses.
Melchizedek’s priesthood offered entry into God’s holy rest mentioned in Genesis 2:2.
Jesus revealed Genesis 1:1-2:4 to establish the priesthood of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek’s priesthood was established on the genealogy of the heavens and earth.
Abraham recognized Melchizedek as a legitimate priest because of Genesis 1:1-2:4.
Abraham offered Melchizedek a tithe for a blessing, possibly including copy rights.
Melchizedek allowed Abraham to copy Genesis 1:1-2:4.
Abraham inserted “Yahweh” into 2:4b in his copy. (as in Gen. 14:22)
Genesis 1:1-2:4 as passed down through Abraham became source material for Moses.
Interested in your thoughts.