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The Bible with Sources Revealed Hardcover – November 25, 2003
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“An amazing work. It makes the theory of the Bible’s origins available to all in a clear and concise way.” (David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion)
“Friedman’s The Bible with Sources Revealed is a paradigm of accessible scholarship of the highest order.” (Michael D. Coogan, Editor, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, The Oxford History of the Biblical World, and The Oxford Companion to the Bible)
“A fundamental resource for understanding what the Hebrew Bible is all about.” (Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University)
“A succinct, lucid, detailed exposition and defense of the classic Documentary Hypothesis--a highly useful resource.” (Eugene Ulrich, University of Notre Dame)
“A volume indispensable for study in Biblical history. No one can really understand the Bible’s composition without consulting this work.” (Baruch Halpern, Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania State University)
“An important and useful volume which should be on the book shelf of every serious student of the Bible.” (Frank Moore Cross, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages Emeritus, Harvard University)
“Very highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
About the Author
Richard Elliott Friedman is professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature and holds the Katzin Chair at the University of California, San Diego. One of the premier biblical scholars in the country, he received his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge. Author of The Hidden Face of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, Commentary on the Torah, The Exile and Biblical Narrative, and the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible?, Friedman is also the president of the Biblical Colloquium West. A consultant to universities, journals, encyclopedias, and publishers, he is also the editor of four books on biblical studies and has authored over fifty articles, reviews, and notes in scholarly and popular publications.
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I've started reading each book one author at a time, starting with the Jahwist. It's interesting to see how, when you seperate out the authors, you can tell each one's priorities (J is concerned with Judah, E with Israel, P with ritual, etc.).
This book belongs on the shelf of anyone who wants to understand the bible in its historical and cultural context. Period.
The Pentateuch took shape over centuries, and consists of the work multiple authorial sources, compiled and revised in places by editors. This indispensable volume, translated by renowned scholar of Hebrew and the Torah who also provides a very helpful introduction in addition to clear and concise notes within the text, makes use of a color-coded system to distinguish between different sources of authorship within the text. This allows the reader to contextualize and understand the Torah in an informed and, ultimately, very profound way.
Despite, or rather perhaps because of, the myriad authorial sources being parsed out for the reader to see, these texts convey the coherent and moving story of God's Covenant with his people that is just as fit for being read reverently in pious contemplation of the God of Abraham as it is for serious scholarly study.