Category: Richard Elliot Friedman

Richard Elliot Friedman on the Exodus

In 2017, noted scholar of the Hebrew Bible Richard Elliot Friedman published a book with HarperCollins entitled The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters. Using the tools of source criticism, Friedman posits that what really happened is not that there was no… Continue Reading “Richard Elliot Friedman on the Exodus”

A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist

Back in August, YouTuber and Twitter user Reformed Christian Apologist published a video on his channel which attempted to debunk the Documentary Hypothesis. As one who finds the Hypothesis to be a compelling explanation for the origin of the Torah, I watched it with… Continue Reading “A Response to “The Documentary Hypothesis Debunked” by Reformed Christian Apologist”

Richard Elliot Friedman: From Puzzling Passages to Various Sources

Richard Elliot Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible? (HarperOne, 1997), 241, 242. We have come a considerable distance from the early hints of the medieval scholars. What began as an interest in some puzzling passages in the Five Books of Moses led to the suggestion that a… Continue Reading “Richard Elliot Friedman: From Puzzling Passages to Various Sources”

Bart Ehrman on the Sources Behind the Hebrew Bible

Recently New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman was asked for recommendations on the construction of the Hebrew Bible. He recommends a number of books. First, some bibliography.   There are a number of college-level textbooks for those interested in the field (one doesn’t have to be… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on the Sources Behind the Hebrew Bible”

Richard Elliot Friedman: “Let’s Do the Math”

Richard Elliot Friedman, The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters (New York, NY: HarperOne, 2017), 64-65. So let’s do the math: Eight out of eight Israelites with Egyptian names are Levites. Two out of two accounts of the revelation of God’s name make… Continue Reading “Richard Elliot Friedman: “Let’s Do the Math””