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The Bible with Sources Revealed

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One of the World's Foremost Bible Experts Offers a Groundbreaking Presentation of the Five Books of Moses

In The Bible with Sources Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman offers a new, visual presentation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking the complex and fascinating tapestry of their origins. Different colors and typ
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 16th 2005 by HarperOne (first published November 25th 2003)
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Jan 07, 2014 Eugene rated it really liked it
A very interesting and readable investigation of the Pentateuch's various authors. According to Friedman, the myriad contradictions and anachronisms in the Bible betray the political conflicts and warring propaganda in pre-monarchal Israel as well as the conflict between the later-generation editors/redactors and the ingrained oral traditions precluding them from amending such contradictions. Some of the content, such as IDing the exact author of Deuteronomy, while logically argued and decently ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Lizmari rated it it was amazing
If you're averse to reading the Bible, than this book might not be for you. But if, on the other hand, you are curious as to how the Bible was put together, and the many different sources which were used for it, than this book is an eye opener. With great care, Richard Elliott Friedman translates the Pentateuch from Hebrew, and then introduces us to the hypothesis that the Pentateuch derives from four (at least) identified sources, which were woven together by various redactors, in an attempt to ...more
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May 30, 2013 Sam Thurman rated it it was amazing
A long awaited arrival of a Documentary Hypothesis (DH) outlined Torah. Friedman, a disciple and student of Frank Cross (a colossus in biblical scholarship), continues to make a big name for himself in the ranks of bible scholars with this work. The book consists of an introduction, in which Friedman submits the evidence for the DH and addresses why some people are under the misguided impression that the DH is no longer accepted as accurate, and the Torah itself.
The Torah is neatly presented wi
Friedman's opening two chapters are amazingly succinct. In a very few pages, Friedman lays out a compelling case for what is known as the Documentary Hypothesis. This is the widely accepted theory that the first five books of the Bible are a compilation of four main documents, known by the letters J, E, P, and D, which were woven together by later editors known as Redactors.

What does it matter whether you buy into the idea that sources by J, P, E, and D form the Pentateuch? Because, if you are s
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Mar 09, 2011 Lee Harmon rated it really liked it
The first five books of the Bible are traditionally understood to have been written by Moses. In places, Jesus appears to confirm this. Most critical Bible scholars since the late 19th-century, however, have recognized at least four different contributors of the books of Moses:

A text known as J was composed during the period when the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were divided. J was written by an author living in the southern kingdom. It’s known as J because it refers to God by the name of YHWH (
Apr 11, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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This is exactly what I have been looking for: a framework for reading the narrative in the Pentateuch.

I've long attributed the difficulty in reading OT narratives to the King James English. I now see that as only one contributing factor. The larger difficulty is the repetitive and contradicting details that stem from interwoven sources. And though I've read enough to know about J, E, and P and the different flavors of each, I still have a hard time picking them out as I read through the scriptu
Feb 20, 2008 Alicia rated it it was amazing
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I found this book very interesting. It looks at the first five books of the Bible and has it written in different colors to represent the different authors. It was interesting to read the whole thing through in just one color at a time and still see the continuity in the stories. It was especially interesting to read stories with which I am familiar and knowing what is supposed to happen and finding that half the story is written by one source and the other half by another. Then I had to go back ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Colleen rated it liked it
The footnotes are interesting, and the visual identification of each individual author's contributions serves to make sense of some of the contradictions and repetitive phrases throughout the stories.
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Jan 31, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
An enriching partner volume to daily bible reading or in-depth study!
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Aug 10, 2013 Sidney Schwartz rated it it was amazing
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An excellent book to learn the source of different sections of the first five books of Moses in the Bible. Through this evidence, one can easily determine what the priests wrote into the Bible.
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RICHARD ELLIOTT FRIEDMAN is one of the premier bible scholars in the country. He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge, a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa. He is the Ann & Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and the Katzin Profes ...more
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