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The Bible with Sources Revealed Paperback – August 16, 2005
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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 one of the premier bible scholars in the country. He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge, a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa. He is the Ann & Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Commentary on the Torah, The Disappearance of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, The Bible with Sources Revealed, The Bible Now, The Exile and Biblical Narrative, the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible?, and most recently, The Exodus. He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and was elected to membership in The Biblical Colloquium. His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean, and French. He was a consultant for the Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt, for Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers, and for NBC, A&E, PBS, and Nova.
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To fully appreciate the "discoveries" of the modern Documentary Hypothesis we must be willing to separate the things that the Bible actually says about itself from the things that religion has said about it. (I put the word "discoveries" in quotes because these are actually things that the Bible has been saying all along). Friedman's approach does this while showing great respect for the texts and for those who hold other opinions as well. And make no mistake about it, the issues discussed here focus entirely upon what the Bible says about itself along with expert analysis of the various stages of the Hebrew language. This is "Higher Criticism" of the highest order.
The Bible with Sources Revealed by Richard Elliott Friedman makes an important contribution to the library of any serious Bible student. Friedman's contribution to this field is a very easy to use book. The introductory remarks and notes alone make this a great buy. But, having the Pentateuch clearly divided into its various sources along with references to further contributions by these sources that are found in other books of the Bible makes this work indispensable, in my opinion.
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.