And it is that, since the Scriptures used to be kept in rolls prior to the invention of the book in the 1st century AD, it could be that Deuteronomy 34 is actually the first chapter of the Book of Joshua, the book which follows Deuteronomy in the Bible. Deuteronomy 31:9 reveals that “Moses wrote this law and delivered it unto the priests…” (cf. Exodus 34:27; Numbers 33:2; etc.). Having read how Moses finished his testimony, we are told here how he immediately after finished his life. Furthermore, Bible writers throughout the Old Testament credited Moses with writing the Pentateuch (also known as the Torah or “the Law”). Who wrote Deuteronomy 34 (on the death of Moses)? The Babylonian Talmud, Bava Bathra 88b, agrees that Moses composed Deuteronomy. This chapter could not be written by Moses himself, but was added by Joshua or Eleazar, or, as bishop Patrick conjectures, by Samuel, who was a prophet, and wrote by divine authority what he found in the records of Joshua, and his successors the judges. Here is, The view Moses had of the land, ver. 1 - 4. John Gill says Joshua could be the author, and yet admits that … Chapter Overview: Moses having finished his testimony, finishes his life. 5 - 7. Moses is generally credited as the writer of the first five books of the Bible, commonly known as the Pentateuch. In his commentary on Deuteronomy, John Calvin acknowledges the “probable conjecture of the ancients” that Joshua wrote Deuteronomy 34, but admits Eleazar the priest is a likely candidate too. His death, burial, and age, ver. Chapter 34. The author says "no man knows [Moses'] burial place TO THIS DAY" and "SINCE THAT TIME no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses" (verses 6 and 10, respectively). It recalls that G-d blessed the Israelites with twenty-two letters and cursed them with eight. I think he wrote it knowing that this was a tall order and he approached the issue with good humor in noting that his opponents (those who hold to Joshua or someone else writing Deuteronomy 34) might liken stalwart proponents of Mosaic authorship of this chapter to “the soul-mate of a ‘flat earth’ theology/science.’” 1 Deuteronomy is included in that group. The Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 31b, says that G-d wrote Leviticus while Moses wrote Deuteronomy, respectively. This chapter was probably added by Samuel, who wrote by divine authority what he found in the records of Joshua, and his successors the Judges. What we do know is that, even though he claimed 40 times in Deuteronomy that Moses wrote Deuteronomy to give it credibility, he actually was the author. The Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 34.