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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
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.
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Readers need to be aware that this book first came out in the 1980s. With that in mind, parts of the book are very helpful, parts seem a bit naive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt
A must read if anyone is really interested in this questionPublished 12 months ago by ernest reinhart
This is an excellent book! The research, by the author, that went into this subject is truly a labour of love. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dave1947
This is a captivating analysis of the first five books of the bible which is backed up by comparisons of the different styles of the authors. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Suze Bootz
An excellent readable account of the Bible's development.
A must read for anyone interested in history and theology through human eyes.
For those who are interested in a scholarly discussion of a question which most people (at least most have wondered at some point or another) "Who Wrote The Bible? Read morePublished on July 6 2012 by Dave_42
As a lay person I had absolutely no problems whatsover following Friedman's writing. It was clear and stated easily, and frankly a joy to read.Published on May 3 2004