Moses is the most ancient writer, of whom there remain any authentic works. He has left us the Pentateuch, or the five first books of the Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Probably these books were not originally separate works, as we find them now. Moses composed but one single work, of which the law was, as it were, the body, and Genesis was the preface. Afterward they were divided for convenience in reading. These books are acknowledged as authentic and inspired, by general consent, both of Jews and Christians. Some difficulties have been started about the author of these books, because some passages have been observed in them, that seem not to agree to Moses. Indeed it must be owned, that some small additions have been made. These additions, however, make no alterations in the sense, but are by way of illustration only.