By Richard Elliott Friedman
The modern vintage the New York Times Book assessment called “a thought-provoking [and] perceptive guide,” Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard E. Friedman is an engaging, highbrow, but hugely readable research and investigation into the authorship of the previous testomony. the writer of Commentary at the Torah, Friedman delves deeply into the heritage of the Bible in a scholarly paintings that's as fascinating and marvelous as a very good detective novel. Who Wrote the Bible? is enlightening, riveting, an enormous contribution to non secular literature, and because the Los Angeles Times aptly saw in its rave evaluate, “There isn't any different booklet like this one.”
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The exiled author extra ten extra references to the command opposed to apostasy, and he tied each one of them to a connection with exile. He positioned them at major issues i n the tale: in God's final speeches to Moses, between Joshua's final phrases to the folks after settling i n the land, in God's phrases to Solomon after construction the Temple, and that i n the bankruptcy describing the autumn of the northern state. most powerful of all, he made this the purpose of God's final phrases to Moses sooner than summoning him to his loss of life. this can be the final prophecy that Moses hears: 1 1 2 1 if you are mendacity together with your fathers, this humans will upward push and should whore after alien gods of the land into which they're coming, and they'll depart me and holiday my covenant which i've got made with them. And my anger will burn opposed to them in that day, and that i shall go away them, and that i shall disguise my face from them, and they'll be gobbled, and lots of evils and problems will locate them. a hundred and forty WHO WROTE THE BIBLE ? and they'll say in that day, "Is it no longer simply because our God isn't really between us that those evils have came across us? " yet I shall conceal my face on that day due to all of the fallacious that they have got performed, for they grew to become to different gods. four The scene was once set. God had commanded the folks to not worship different gods, and he had made destruction, exile, and abandonment—"hiding the face"—the penalty for breaking this command. Manasseh subsequent, the exiled author regarded again during the historical past for a few attainable rationalization, already current i n the tale, for the kingdom's fall—something that had occurred sooner than Josiah, anything that were so bad that Josiah's test at reform was once no longer sufficient to counterbalance it. He chanced on it i n the tale of King Manasseh, Josiah's grandfather. in response to the D t r tale, Manasseh had undone the entire good stuff that his father, King Hezekiah, had entire. Manasseh rebuilds the excessive locations, he units up a statue of the goddess Asherah, and he builds altars to pagan gods i n the Temple precincts. I n D t r this had organize the tale of Josiah properly, simply because within the subsequent chapters Josiah units all of this correct back. He tears down the excessive areas, burns the statue of Asherah, and smashes the pagan altars. however the one who produced the recent variation, Dtr , now elaborated upon Manasseh's crimes and on their outcomes. He additional those phrases: 1 1 2 Manasseh instigated them to do mistaken, greater than the' international locations that Yahweh had destroyed sooner than the youngsters of Israel. And Yahweh stated by means of the hand of his servants the prophets, "Because Manasseh King of Judah has performed those abominations... he has prompted Judah to sin via his idols. for this reason i'm bringing such evil on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of whoever hears approximately it's going to t i n g l e . . . I shall wipe Jerusalem the best way one wipes a plate and turns it over on its face. A n d I shall reject the remnant of my A Priest in Exile hello ownership and placed them of their enemies' hand, and they'll be a break and booty for all their enemies, simply because they've got performed unsuitable in my eyes and feature been angering me from the day their fathers went out of Egypt to this present day.