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Who Wrote the Bible? Paperback – January 1, 1987
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"J," "P," "E," and "D" are the names scholars have given to some authors of the Bible, and, as such, they are very important letters to a lot of people. Churches have died and been born, and millions of people have lost faith or found it, because of the last two centuries of debate about who, exactly, wrote the canonical texts of Christianity and Judaism. Richard Elliott Friedman's survey of this debate, in Who Wrote the Bible?, may be the best written popular book about this question. Without condescension or high-flown academic language, Friedman carefully describes the history of textual criticism of the Bible--a subject on which his authority is unparalleled (Friedman has contributed voluminously to the authoritative Anchor Bible Dictionary). But this book is not just smart. Perhaps even more impressive than Friedman's erudition is his sensitivity to the power of textual criticism to influence faith. --Michael Joseph Gross
From Library Journal
Friedman carefully sifts through clues available in the text of the Hebrew Bible and those provided by biblical archaeology searching for the writer(s) of, primarily, the Pentateuch. He does so with clarity and engaging style, turning a potentially dry scholarly inquiry into a lively detective story. The reader is guided through the historical circumstances that occasioned the writing of the sources underlying the Five Books of Moses and the combining of these diverse sources into the final literary product. According to Friedman, the most controversial part of his case is the identification of the writer and date of the Priestly source. This book is neither comprehensive nor unduly complex, making it a good introductory text for beginners and nonspecialists. Recommended for all academic libraries. Craig W. Beard, Harding Univ. Lib., Searcy, Ark.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One nitpick: This should really be called "Who wrote the first nine books of the Bible". He barely mentions the prophets or the poetic works of the Hebrew Bible, and he omits the New Testament entirely.
The author is kind and respectful of people`s beliefs. I am grateful for his compassion. I am aware of other works that have left unanswered holes in the history of these religions. This author ignores those points and just talks about who wrote the early books of the Bible. He backs up his conclusions with a lot of material.
I enjoyed the time spent with these books and specific verses. Let not the words depart from thy mind and thy mouth as somebody once said.
Suitable for both students of Bible history and the casual reader.
Outstanding knowledge of the subject.
Highest possible recommendation.
This material should be taught in public schools to increase Biblical literacy.