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Hidden Book In The Bible

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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

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Published (first published 1998)
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May 28, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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With appreciation from Dr. Friedman's scholastic honesty and sincerity, I am enjoying reading about an approach to Biblical studies that should otherwise enrage me as a believer. As I read, thought, my interest in the Bible as God's Word is strengthened not challenged. My faith has a tighter grasp of its hope in the message of Scripture and I continue to see it as more than good literature or merely the first history or prose.

Any talk of viewing the Bible stories or discrediting its miracles as
James M. Madsen, M.D.
An excellent follow-up to Friedman's earlier work Who Wrote the Bible, this book restores what Friedman considers to be the text of the core story from the Old Testament. I find such reconstructed texts (as in The Five Gospels, by the Jesus Seminar, or, in a fantasy setting, The Silmarillion) to be both exhilarating and problematic, but Friedman's excellent writing carries the day.
David Holmer
Jul 22, 2011 David Holmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have been brought up believing we have to "rightly divide" the Bible (II Tim 2:15) and I think Friedman got it right!
Crystal Hunter
Jun 12, 2016 Crystal Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling scholarship and very readable text.
This book represents the consecutive writings of "J" as interpreted by Friedman. It's interesting and beautifully put together (after all, isn't this person a Bible writer, eloquent and poignant?), but at this time I'm more interested in reading the whole history of the times, including the documents found from neighboring states, to gain a greater understanding of how this faith I subscribe to took shape - its context, its culture, its times. This book will stay on my shelves and I'll pick it u ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Jcurmudge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting concept based on linguistic research. The early books of the Bible contain what was just one major work from Adam to Solomon. The original author used only the 4 letter "word" for God throughout (YHWH) and never variations of "elohim". It certainly makes sense to me. In our time other writers would have been sued for plagiarism.
Kilian Metcalf
Way over my head. This is a work for people who are very grounded in Torah and knowledgeable about Torah scholarship and research. I understood about one word in three. Not his fault, the lack is mine, but readers should know this is not for the average person.
Aug 05, 2008 Sandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, johns-find
interesting book --worth paging through....
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