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Who wrote the Bible?

Author: Richard Elliott Friedman
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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For thousands of years, the prophet Moses was regarded as the sole author of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch. According to Biblical tradition, Moses was divinely inspired to write down foundational events in the history of the world: the creation of man, the worldwide flood, the laws as they were handed down from Mt. Sinai, and the cycle of Jewish deliverance, enslavement, and liberation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Elliott Friedman
ISBN: 9781501192401 150119240X
OCLC Number: 1039457483
Notes: Includes a new epilogue: "What has happened since the original edition in 1987."
Description: xv, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface to the second edition --
Preface --
Introduction: Who wrote the Bible? --
The world that produced the Bible : 1200-722 B.C. --
J and E --
Two kingdoms, two writers --
The world that produced the Bible : 722-587 B.C. --
In the court of King Josiah --
D --
A priest in exile --
The world that produced the Bible : 587-400 B.C. --
A brilliant mistake --
The sacred tent --
P --
In the court of King Hezekiah --
The great irony --
The world that the Bible produced --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Identification of the authors of the five books of Moses ; Notes on identification of authors.
Responsibility: Richard Elliott Friedman.

Abstract:

For thousands of years, the prophet Moses was regarded as the sole author of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch. According to Biblical tradition, Moses was divinely inspired to write down foundational events in the history of the world: the creation of man, the worldwide flood, the laws as they were handed down from Mt. Sinai, and the cycle of Jewish deliverance, enslavement, and liberation from Egypt. However, these stories, and their frequent discrepancies, provoke questions: why does the first chapter in Genesis say that man and woman were made from dust, while the second asserts that woman was made from mans rib? Why does one account of the flood say it lasted forty days, while another records no less than one hundred? And why do some stories seem sympathetic to the plight of southern Judah, while others seem sourced from northern Samaria? Originally published in 1987, Richard Friedmans Who Wrote the Bible? joins a host of modern scholars who believe that the Bible was written by four distinct voices, separated by borders, political alliances, and particular moments in history, then edited by a single scribe. Rather than cast doubt onto the legitimacy of the Bible, Friedman uses these divergent accounts to illuminate a text that was written by humans for humans and reveal a God who chooses to speak through real people. Friedmans seminal and bestselling text is a comprehensive and authoritative answer to the question: just who exactly wrote the Bible?

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