Who Wrote the Bible

Author: Richard Friedman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 150119240X
Release Date: 2019-02-19
Genre: Religion

A much anticipated reissue of Who Wrote the Bible?—the contemporary classic the New York Times Book Review called “a thought-provoking [and] perceptive guide” that identifies the four individual writers of the Old Testament and explains what they can teach us about the inspired word of God. For thousands of years, the prophet Moses was regarded as the sole author of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Pentateuch. According to Biblical tradition, Moses was divinely inspired to write down foundational events in the history of the world: the creation of man, the worldwide flood, the laws as they were handed down from Mt. Sinai, and the cycle of Jewish deliverance, enslavement, and liberation from Egypt. However, these stories—and their frequent discrepancies—provoke questions: why does the first chapter in Genesis say that man and woman were made from dust, while the second asserts that woman was made from man’s rib? Why does one account of the flood say it lasted forty days, while another records no less than one hundred? And why do some stories seem sympathetic to the plight of southern Judah, while others seem sourced from northern Samaria? Originally published in 1987, Richard Friedman’s Who Wrote the Bible? joins a host of modern scholars who believe that the Bible was written by four distinct voices—separated by borders, political alliances, and particular moments in history—then edited by a single scribe. Rather than cast doubt onto the legitimacy of the Bible, Friedman uses these divergent accounts to illuminate a text that was written by humans for humans and reveal a God who chooses to speak through real people. Friedman’s seminal and bestselling text is a comprehensive and authoritative answer to the question: just who exactly wrote the Bible?

Who Wrote the Bible

Author: Richard Elliott Friedman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060630355
Release Date: 1997-03-21
Genre: Religion

"It is a strange fact that we have never known with certainty who produced the book that has played such a central role in our civilization," writes Friedman, a foremost Bible scholar. From this point he begins an investigation and analysis that reads as compellingly as a good detective story. Focusing on the central books of the Old Testament--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy--he draws upon biblical and archaeological evidence to make a convincing argument for the identities of their authors. In the process he paints a vivid picture of the world of the Bible--its politics, history, and personalities. The result is a marvel of scholarship that sheds a new and enriching light on our understanding of the Bible as literature, history, and sacred text.

Who Really Wrote the Bible

Author: Clayton Howard Ford
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 9781615662241
Release Date: 2010-02
Genre: Religion

For many years now, a debate has raged among literary scholars as to who wrote the Pentateuch, The first five books of the Bible. Within that debate, two sides with irreconcilably different viewpoints have battled For The truth. The result of this discourse will be far-reaching, threatening the foundations of the world's three greatest religions. For Christianity, if Moses did not write the Pentateuch, then Jesus was misled, And The faith of many are in jeopardy. If several editors wrote and put together those books at different times as Dr. Richard Elliott Friedman argues in his book, Who Wrote the Bible (1987), then it is possible that Abraham was a fictional character And The faiths of Judaism and Islam have a fictional origin. In Who Really Wrote the Bible, author Clayton Ford sifts through the logical and literary fallacies put forth as evidence by those who would condemn the Pentateuch's authenticity. By following through the dissenters' reasoning, with copious references to their own material, he brings light to how these scholars have tied themselves up in the knots of their own criticism. Where Moses's detractors see inconsistency and evidence for multiple authors, Ford finds examples of elaborate harmony, consistency, and intricate storytelling. Where they find dramatically different styles, Ford shows an educated, single author with an ability to alter formats, As evidenced in other examples from antiquity.

A Layman s Guide to Who Wrote the Books of the Bible

Author: C. Jack Trickler
Publisher: Cork Hill Press
ISBN: 9781594085123
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

"Bible" as used in the title of this book refers to the Bibles used by mainstream American Jews, Roman Catholics and Protestants. This book deals with the books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including those of the Apocrypha.This is a study of the people who wrote the books of the Bible and of the historical, political and social settings in which they wrote and of the factors that caused the authors to write. The search for the authors and what motivated them to write takes the readers into the origins of the stories that make up a large part of the Bible.While many popular and scholarly books have been written about the authorship of specific books of the Bible, this is the only book that deals with all of the books of the Bbile is a single, concise volume. It is in laymen's language with footnotes suggesting where readers can find further information for expanded study.Where scholars have offered differing views of biblical matters that affect the determination of authorship, this book presents the various views - in laymen's language. Read, learn and enjoy!


Author: Will Self
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9780857861016
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Bibles

The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.

Who Really Wrote the Bible

Author: Eyal Rav-Noy
Publisher: Richard Vigilante
ISBN: 0980076307
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

Using the most up-to-date methods of analysis, Who Really Wrote the Bible? debunks the academic consensus that what we know of as the Five Books of Moses was cobbled together by some ancient editor from the works of four different authors living centuries apart. With impeccable scholarship Eyal Rav-Noy and Gil Weinreich reveal the supreme literary talent behind the Bible's single authorship and show that it is the modern academics who are behind the times.

God Wrote a Book

Author: James MacDonald
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 9781433517549
Release Date: 2004-03-11
Genre: Religion

"God wrote a book." There is something very powerful in that simple statement. The book, of course, is the Bible, and because God is its author, it's the most important work ever written. Millions across the world agree with that, yet many believe it only conceptually, doubting that the words of the Bible are in fact the very words of God. Pastor James MacDonald addresses today's disturbing trend away from taking God's Word seriously. He clarifies the misconceptions that surround the infallibility, reliability, and historicity of the Bible and explains why he believes it is the inspired Word of God, how it originated, what the Bible is good for, and its benefits to us. Written to believers and non-believers who have questions, this book on the Good Book has the answers.

The Acts of the Apostles

Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9780857861078
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Bibles

Acts is the sequel to Luke's gospel and tells the story of Jesus's followers during the 30 years after his death. It describes how the 12 apostles, formerly Jesus's disciples, spread the message of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean against a background of persecution. With an introduction by P.D. James

Luke Acts

Author: James P. Grimshaw
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780567675736
Release Date: 2018-09-20
Genre: Religion

This volume on Luke-Acts as with all titles in the [email protected] Series highlights readings that make explicit the diverse contemporary contexts of biblical interpreters. The global spread of contributors includes scholarly voices from South Africa, South America and Hong Kong, as well as from the United States. The chapters are organized around four themes. The first examines interpretations of Jesus, looking at his childhood, contemporary context, and his teaching – including whether Jesus' sympathetic response to disease and pain might be used to advocate euthanasia. The second examines social categories: gender, race, and class, including a political and racialized reading of the history of diasporic Black America as a model for reading Acts as a diasporic history. The third examines issues of empire and resistance. The final part looks at society and spirituality, with a focus on modern contemporary contexts.

The Gospel According to Matthew

Publisher: Canongate U.S.
ISBN: 0802136168
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Bibles

The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.

The Bible with Sources Revealed

Author: Richard Elliott Friedman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060530693
Release Date: 2003-11-25
Genre: Religion

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. 15,000 first printing.