Originally Posted by NateR
There was a lot of oral tradition back in those days; but with people living over 900 years there wasn't as much distortion as we would have today. Just think if you had relatives who were alive back when King Arthur ruled England. How would their stories about those days differ from what we hear now?
Also, you'll occasionally see a reference to a staff in the Old Testament. In those days, a staff held your entire family history (probably carved in ancient Hebrew) and was passed down from generation to generation. So those staffs were the first written history of Israel and probably the first written law as well.
In this instance I do not think it is the oral tradition, The verses seem to answer the question.
vs 1-2 Moses goes up and gets all of the info from God.
vs 3 Moses tells the people and they agree to follow God.
vs 4 Moses writes down all that God told him( now the book of the covenant that the people agreed to in vs 3)
vs 5-6 Moses sacrifices to God(possibly from the provisions just given by God, but sacrifice was a common practice in those days and was practiced by back long before with Abraham being a great example)
vs 7 Moses reads from the book of the covenant that he wrote in vs 4.
As a side question, where did you get the info about the Staff, I have never heard that before?