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Overview A visually presented version of the Pentateuch is demarcated with special fonts and typefaces that illustrate the style differences of each of its major strands and other fragments, in a volume that seeks to identify the findings of modern source criticism. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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 type styles allow readers to easily identify each of the distinct sources, showcasing Friedman's highly acclaimed and dynamic translation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.03" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 16, 2005
ISBN 006073065X ISBN13 9780060730659 UPC 099455022958
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More About Richard Elliott Friedman
Richard Elliott Friedman is the Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. A nationally recognized biblical scholar, Friedman is the author of the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible? as well as The Disappearance of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, Commentary on the Torah, The Bible with Sources Revealed, and The Exile and Biblical Narrative. Shawna Dolansky is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Northeastern University. She is the author of Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Relationship Between Magic and Religion in the Hebrew Bible and the editor of Sacred History, Sacred Literature.
Richard Elliott Friedman currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Bible with Sources Revealed?
The Best of the 19th Century... Mar 11, 2008
Friedman's text is an excellent review, with slight expansion, of Wellhausen's "Prolegomena." Friedman's fault lies in his complete disregard for a century of scholarship that has significantly undermined the validity of the Documentary Hypothesis.
Helps you better understand the Hebrew Scriptures May 13, 2007
The Bible with Sources Revealed: A New View into the Five Books of Moses by Richard Elliott Friedman is a very helpful book for students of the Bible.
Friedman's opening two chapters are amazingly succinct. In a very few pages, Friedman lays out an incredibly 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.
After the introductory material, the book is a translation of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
In his chapter, "Collection of Evidence," Friedman catalogs the seven main arguments for accepting the Documentary Hypothesis. They fall into these categories: linguistic, terminology, consistent content, narrative flow, connections with other parts of the Old Testament, relationships among the sources, and convergence of the evidence. I find Friedman's explanation clear and convincing.
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 somewhat familiar with this concept, certain "problems" with the text suddenly become clear as you read the new English translation that follows Friedman's opening chapters. By using two different ink colors (blue and green) and a variety of fonts, average Bible readers like you and me can easily understand various contradictions and redundancies in the text. The four strands are clearly set off, thanks to the wonders of modern technology in printing.
Here's an example of how seeing the sources helps you understand what's going on in the Bible texts. The story of Noah's ark is told in Genesis, chapters 6 through 9. Both J and P originally told the story. The Redactors blended these two accounts. With The Bible with Sources Revealed, I learned that in the P version there is only one pair of each animal, whether pure or impure. See Genesis 6:19-20; 7:8, 9 15. In P, there are no sacrifices until the establishment of the Tabernacle in Exodus 40, so two of each animal is sufficient. However, J specifies seven pairs of pure and one pair of impure (see Genesis 7:2, 3.) This fits with the fact that in the J account, Noah will offer sacrifices at the end of the flood, so he needs more than two of each animal--or else his sacrifice would end a species. Friedman's footnotes clarify such differences throughout the Pentateuch.
Friedman's translation is unique because the text is so clearly marked in terms of sources. You won't be disappointed.
A Must In Biblical Scholarship May 9, 2007
Friedman's treatment of the Pentatuech and its sources is an absolute must for any scholar of the Hebrew Bible. Even if you do not buy into the Documentary Hypothesis, it is nevertheless an indispensible resource for research and dialogue in the area of Biblical Studies. Friedman carefully separates the sources in the Pentateuch and provides notes and explanation to aid in understadning why he categorizes as he does. This is one of the most crucial works in Source Criticism for contemporary Biblical Scholarship.
more than I thought Mar 17, 2007
I expected a short explanantion of the author's thinking but there was a thorough and easily understandable explanation of the way this book was set up. I expected it to be more obscure.
A deeper view of inspiration Mar 5, 2007
Great resource for understanding the documentary hypothesis. I have waited many years for these books to be printed so that the sources (or best possible break-out of the sources available from the best research). I can now put away my previously highlighted Bible that followed Friedman's guidelines from his previous work, "Who Wrote the Bible".
The book allows for a richer understanding of the history of Israel. It allows us to better understand the fragmentary nature of the books and stories and get a more clear picture of the underpinning viewpoints from which the stories came.
It does not diminish the books, but rather gives a three-dimensional view of how Israel and Judah viewed God's interactions with them. God, using this process to put his word together has done what no human could ever do, synthesize God's love, mercy and wrath into a single document. We have a better and more complete view of God because of it.