RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 15281395 LA English T1 Who wrote the Bible? A1 Friedman, Richard Elliott., PB Prentice Hall PP Englewood Cliffs, N.J. YR 1987 SN 0671631616 9780671631611 0139585133 9780139585135 AB Armed with his training as a Bible scholar and a linguist, Professor Friedman combines his own understanding of the ancient world with recent archeological evidence and new methods of literary analysis to discover clues within the Bible itself that point to a solution to the puzzle of its authorship. Like a skilled detective on a difficult case, he carefully uncovers the identity of the writers: when and where they lived, their relationship to the events they described, whom they admired, whom they opposed, the political and religious motivations behind their works; and in three cases, he provides their names. He discovers that some of these writers knew each other and tells how this affected, in unexpected ways, the final form the Bible took. Finally, he explains why there are inconsistencies in the Bible, why certain stories came out the way they did and what their relationship was to the historical events they describe, why certain laws were laid down, and why God is portrayed in so many different and often contradictory ways.--From publisher description. Includes index and bibliography.