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Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman
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Oct 20, 2008

it was amazing

An incredible book of Old Testament "sleuthdom." The author is one of the foremost authorities on the Old Testament (Five Books of Moses).

Freidman summarizes what is known as the Documentary Hypothesis and updates/expands it based on his more recent research.

The DH hypothesizes that the Old Testamant was written by four people based on a combination of older source texts and their own writings each in part attempting to present an account of the history of the Israelites.

These authors, J, E, P and D then had their separate writings combined by an editor/redactor called R into what we now know as the Five Books of Moses.

Well written, approachable for all but those completely unfamiliar with the Old Testamant and early Israel from 950 BCE - 450 BCE. It really puts the Old Testament into the historical context of the respective authors' eras.

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