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"So…Who Wrote the Bible, Anyway?" with Nate Ramsayer

A SPECIAL SBS Lecture & Discussion presented by our all-time favorite speaker, Nate Ramsayer, and co-hosted with our old pals, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis!




"So…Who Wrote the Bible,



Archaeologist & Biblical Scholar

Nate Ramsayer

SPECIAL Time & Place:

Thursday, August 22

7:00-9:00 PM

Cummins Room, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis


•    Why are there such significant contradictions in the Old Testament?
•    Was the Pentateuch revealed to Moses by God on Mount Sinai as the Bible indicates, or is it rather the work of various authors?
•    Does scripture portray the Israelites as worshiping a single deity, or several?
•    What literary tools can be used to assess who wrote this ancient scripture?

For about 150 years, biblical scholars have been working to understand why the Bible is such a difficult text to read—i.e. why the same stories are told multiple times, why certain events are ascribed to certain people and places but later to others, and why the authors of the Bible saw it necessary to include conflicting accounts in their scripture. This knowledge has come together into what is known as the Documentary Hypothesis, one of the foundational building blocks of biblical scholarship.

Back from a fresh season of excavating in southern Israel, biblical scholar and archaeologist Nate Ramsayer will lead audience members on a journey exploring how this theory of composition of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) sheds light on our modern day understanding of biblical authorship. Join us on Thursday, August 22nd from 7:00–9:00 pm at First Universalist Church for an exciting lecture and discussion on who scholars believe actually wrote the Bible!


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  • John T.

    Very good and interesting presentation. Thank you.
    The first time I heard about the multiple author theory was in the 1980's when I attended the College of St. Thomas in an intro to the Old Testament class. (I still have the textbook!).
    It's interesting, as the speaker said, that this is somewhat hidden information, even though accepted by scholars and major religions for quite some time. So in that way it is like evolution: accepted by science and major religions, but either unknown or rejected by many Americans.

    August 23, 2013

  • Julie

    This was one of the best lectures I've ever heard. Nate is on par with Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins for knowledge of subject matter and clarity of presentation. I enjoyed it immensely. I hope he can come back soon.

    August 22, 2013

  • Frank B.

    Great, in-depth and humorously presented details about the latest research on the authorship of the Old Testament pentateuch. Didn't realize there was a valid and interesting analogy between evolutionary vs. creation science, and academic vs. theological bible science. Thanks, Nate!

    August 22, 2013

  • Frank B.

    Nate's back in town for a few days -- don't miss the chance to hear what's up with the Bible's authorship according to the latest academic work!

    July 13, 2013

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