"One finds the meaning and message of the Pentateuch not in asking why it was written or how, but in asking what was written as the book itself. The author of the Pentateuch surely had specific reasons or motives for writing the Pentateuch, but those reasons should not be identified with the meaning of the Pentateuch. The meaning of the Pentateuch as intended by its author lies in its 'verbal meaning,' be that the literal, figurative, realistic or spiritual sense."
The Meaning of the Pentateuch, pp. 74-75