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For centuries, biblical scholars have worked on discovering how the Bible came to be. The consensus that emerged from experts of various traditions was the Documentary Hypothesis: the idea that ancient writers produced documents of poetry, prose, and law over many hundreds of years, which editors then used as sources to fashion the books of the Bible that people have read for the last two thousand years. In The Bible with Sources Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman, one of the world's foremost experts on the Bible and author of the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible?, offers a new visual presentation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking their complex and fascinating tapestry of sources. Different colors and type styles allow readers to easily identify each of the distinct sources, showcasing Friedman's highly acclaimed and dynamic translation. This unique Bible provides a new means to explore the riches of scripture by: Making it possible to read the source texts individually, to see their artistry, their views of God, Israel, and humankind, and their connection to their moment in history; Presenting the largest collection of evidence ever assembled for establishing and explaining the Documentary Hypothesis; Showing visually how the Bible was formed out of these sources; and Helping readers appreciate that the Bible is a rich, complex, beautiful work as a result of the extraordinary way in which it was created. Now everyone can explore these rich resources. This new version will forever change the way you understand the Five Books of Moses.
In this groundbreaking and insightful new commentary, one of the world's leading biblical scholars unveils the unity and continuity of the Torah for the modern reader. Richard Elliott Friedman, the bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible?, integrates the most recent discoveries in biblical archaeology and research with the fruits of years of experience studying and teaching the Bible to illuminate the straightforward meaning of the text -- "to shed new light on the Torah and, more important, to open windows through which it sheds its light on us." While other commentaries are generally collections of comments by a number of scholars, this is a unified commentary on the Torah by a single scholar, the most unified by a Jewish scholar in centuries. It includes the original Hebrew text, a new translation, and an authoritative, accessibly written interpretation and analysis of each passage that remains focused on the meaning of the Torah as a whole, showing how its separate books are united into one cohesive, all-encompassing sacred literary masterpiece. This landmark work is destined to take its place as a classic in the libraries of lay readers and scholars alike, as we seek to understand the significance of the scriptural texts for our lives today, and for years to come.
Renowned biblical sleuth and scholar Richard Elliot Friedman reveals the first work of prose literature in the world-a 3000-year-old epic hidden within the books of the Hebrew Bible. Written by a single, masterful author but obscured by ancient editors and lost for millennia, this brilliant epic of love, deception, war, and redemption is a compelling account of humankind's complex relationship with God. Friedman boldly restores this prose masterpiece-the very heart of the Bible-to the extraordinary form in which it was originally written.
"Richard Elliott Friedman focuses on the central books of the Old Testament--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--and makes a persuasive argument for the identities of their four different authors. Drawing upon the most recent archeological discoveries, Friedman presents a vivid picture of the world of the Bible as he examines where and when these writers lived, the politics and history embedded in their stories, and their relationship to the events they describe and to one another. Challenging many conventional theories of biblical scholarship, he also sheds light on the marvel of the Bible's synthesis, on how the various documents were brought together to form a single text. Who Wrote the Bible? enriches our understanding of the Bible as literature, as history, and as sacred text, and is indispensable for anyone who loves and reads the Good Book."
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