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Who Wrote the Bible? Paperback – January 1, 1987
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It is great fun to read parts of the book and ask yourself: Whodunit? For example, there's one place where you are compelled to predict who wrote about the Golden Calf incident. I picked J, but the author picked E. After he explained his decision, I had to admit that he was probably right and I was probably wrong. Not so good for my ego, but an enjoyable puzzle nonetheless.
The author is careful not to overstate his case. In situations where he lacks sufficient evidence, he points this out. This level of caution makes the whole work much more credible.
I greatly enjoyed the way he explained how the political reality of the ancient Near East created pressures to write (or compile) a particular KIND of book. Prior to this, I knew that many Bible stories contained contradictions, but I didn't know why.
What is interesting about this -- though this may be lost on literalists -- is that the analysis of the Bible in no way diminishes it. Indeed, by explaining the reasons for the contradictions (rather than simply explaining-away), this book greatly increases my respect for the Bible.
I think everybody who claims to know the Bible should read this book. It's all very well to memorize chapter and verse, but if you don't know of the Bible's origins, you can hardly claim to understand all its implications.
The fundamental issue rests on the division of the Hebrew-speaking peoples into the "dual kingdoms" of Israel and Judah. The result was the compilation of two "histories" with different styles and priorities. Each had a different focus and approach to what was meaningful. The later confusion resulted when this pair of accounts was amalgamated into a single document and promulgated as "the" book. Friedman strongly points out that this didn't invalidate the histories, it simply meant readers of it need to understand they are reading a parallel set of accounts.
From the outset, Friedman dismisses the traditional view of Moses' authorship. There are too many implausibilities for that to have occurred - not the least of which is the description of Moses' death. Friedman contends the books are historical accounts recorded by scribes, probably court priests, of their respective kingdoms. Their style differences allow him to pin letter designations for identification - the now well-known E, J, D and P.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. The author discusses the authors who crafted the Torah, moving it from an oral tradition to a written one. Read morePublished 3 days ago by B. MacD
A very interesting and informative book. All Christians should read this book. The Christian’s Holy Bible is a book of fiction written by unknown ancient Hebrew fiction story... Read morePublished 25 days ago by John D Dunn
I am still reading the book, I find it very interesting indeed... Understanding history makes the bible more meaningful.. I love what I have read.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paulina Naituivau
This is an excellent scholarly book and very carefully explained. My only question is why has it taken over 2,000 years to have this information? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tacitus
Interesting in terms of the facts presented and the story but not too enjoyable to read.Published 1 month ago by OD
I've been studying Torah in-depth for over two decades, but things revealed in this book answered difficulties that I have housed for years.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting and thoughtful book. It helps the lay reader understand modern biblical scholarship and some of the terms it uses. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Norman Bernstein Esq.
This was the textbook for the college course of the same name that I took from Dr. Friedman back in 1987. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rick Westbrock