9780060630355

Who Wrote The Bible?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060630355

  • ISBN10:

    0060630353

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/29/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

"It is a strange fact that we have never known with certainty who produced the book that has played such a central role in our civilization," writes Friedman, a foremost Bible scholar. From this point he begins an investigation and analysis that reads as compellingly as a good detective story. Focusing on the central books of the Old Testament--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--he draws upon biblical and archaeological evidence to make a convincing argument for the identities of their authors. In the process he paints a vivid picture of the world of the Bible--its politics, history, and personalities. The result is a marvel of scholarship that sheds a new and enriching light on our understanding of the Bible as literature, history, and sacred text.

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION 9(4)
PREFACE 13(2)
INTRODUCTION: Who Wrote the Bible? 15(18)
CHAPTER 1 The World That Produced the Bible: 1200-722 B.C.
33(17)
CHAPTER 2 J and E
50(20)
CHAPTER 3 Two Kingdoms, Two Writers
70(19)
CHAPTER 4 The World That Produced the Bible: 722-587 B.C.
89(12)
CHAPTER 5 In the Court of King Josiah
101(16)
CHAPTER 6 D
117(19)
CHAPTER 7 A Priest in Exile
136(14)
CHAPTER 8 The World That Produced the Bible: 587-400 B.C.
150(11)
CHAPTER 9 A Brilliant Mistake
161(13)
CHAPTER 10 The Sacred Text
174(14)
CHAPTER 11 The Sacred Text
188(19)
CHAPTER 12 In the Court of King Hezekiah
207(10)
CHAPTER 13 The Great Irony
217(17)
CHAPTER 14 The World That the Bible Produced
234(12)
APPENDIX 246(15)
Identification of Authors of the Five Books of Moses 246(10)
Notes on Identification of Authors 256(5)
NOTES 261(16)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 277(7)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 284(3)
INDEX 287(14)
MAPS
301

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