By Richard Elliott Friedman
"It is an odd undeniable fact that we've got by no means identified with walk in the park who produced the ebook that has performed this sort of critical function in our civilization," writes Friedman, a top-rated Bible pupil. From this element he starts an research and research that reads as compellingly as a great detective tale. targeting the imperative books of the outdated Testament--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--he attracts upon biblical and archaeological facts to make a powerful argument for the identities in their authors. within the strategy he paints a vibrant photograph of the realm of the Bible--its politics, background, and personalities. the result's a wonder of scholarship that sheds a brand new and enriching gentle on our realizing of the Bible as literature, historical past, and sacred textual content.
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The vocabulary is different. There are different recurring expressions and favorite phrases. There are doublets of whole sections of the first four books. There are blatant contradictions of detail between it and the others. Even part of the wording of the Ten Commandments is different. Deuteronomy appeared to be i n d e p e n d e n t , a f o u r t h source. I t was called D. The discovery that the Torah of Moses was really four works that had once been separate was not necessarily a crisis in itself.
For example, they de1 50 / and E 51 scribe the same events i n different order. I n the first version, God creates plants first, then animals, then man and woman. I n the second version, God creates man first. Then he creates plants. Then, so that the man should not be alone, God creates animals. A n d last, after the man does not find a satisfactory mate among the animals, God creates woman. A n d so we have: Genesis 1 Genesis 2 plants animals man & woman man plants animals woman The two stories have two different pictures of what happened.
In Israel the monarchy was unstable. N o family of kings ever held on to the throne for more than a few generations. The kingdom lasted two hundred years. C. and ended its existence as a nation. The population was dispersed. The Assyrians deported many Israelites into exile i n various sections of the Assyrian empire. The exiled Israelites have come to be known as the ten lost tribes of Israel. Presumably there were also great numbers of refugees who fled from Israel south to Judah to escape the approaching Assyrian forces.
Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman