Exodus 6:26–27—Didn’t someone besides Moses write these verses?
Problem: The references to Moses and Aaron in verses 26 and 27 are written in the third person: “These are the same Aaron and Moses” and “These are the ones.” How could Moses be the author of this passage and not speak of himself in the first person?
Solution: This passage, which begins in verse 14 of chapter 6, is an objective, historical account of the genealogies of the ancestors of Moses and Aaron. In this type of writing, it is customary for an author, if he makes reference to himself, to do so in the third person. Many ancient writings follow this manner of reporting historical facts, such as the Gallic Wars and the Civil Wars written by Julius Caesar. In fact, it would have been quite awkward if, in the midst of this objective historical report, Moses had written, “It was Aaron and I to whom the Lord said ...” or “Aaron and I were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh.” For future generations of Hebrew readers, Moses wanted his genealogical record to be quite clearly reported, so that no mistake be made as to the identity and the pedigree of the one whom God had chosen to bring Israel out of the bondage of Egypt.
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