Who wrote the bible by richard elliott friedman a great introduction to the documentary hypothesis
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman Great Read, Great InsightsJ, P, E, and D ar e the names scholars have given to some authors of theBible, 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 faithor found it, because of the last two centuries of d ebate about who, exactly,wrote the canonical texts of Christianity and Judaism. Richard ElliottFriedmans survey of this debate, in Who Wrote the Bible?, may be thebest written popular book about this question. Without condescension orhigh-flown academic language, Friedman carefully describes the history oftextual criticism of the Bible--a subject on which his authority isunparalleled (Friedman has contributed voluminously to the authoritativeAnchor Bible Dictionary). But this book is not just smart. Perhaps evenmore impressive than Friedmans erudition is his sensitivity to the power oftextual criticism to influence faith. --Michael Joseph GrossFeatures:* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesFirst of all understand that this book is mostly about the five books thatMoses is supposed to have written. The Old Testament for me is a morassthat has always left me frustrated and puzzled. Obviously, it has little ofreal redeeming social value or spiritual use for mankind, but even beyondthat is just the way that it leaves you going "huh?" all the time. I had cometo the conclusion myself that the Old Testament speaks with, as I put it,more than one voice. Well, well, well, turns out thats exactly right!This book is very readable, well laid out, and takes you step by stepthrough the process of how and why different authors wrote the things theydid and what their probable motives were. It explains that there really aretoo many factual contradictions in the Bible, and too many stories thatrepeat, for it to have one author. This book mainly deals with the first 5books, and a bit with the next six, not the whole Bible.
The big key is knowing that the first 5 books were written by four differen tauthors at different stages of Jewish history and were then knitted togetheralso at two opportune times in their history. At last it all makes sense andwe can give up the infatuations and superstitions regarding its authorship.At the same time, believe it or not, this book has helped me see that thereis more good in the Old Testament than I thought, because so much of thehorrible stuff was inserted later, and because if one author has somethingpositive to say and it is later negated in the same text, I no longer have toconsider the entire thing as incoherent. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!