By Richard Elliott Friedman
Richard Elliott Friedman's The Hidden publication within the Bible could be the most vital literary discovery of our century. Or it can be a load of guano. The Hidden booklet, like Michael Drosnin's The Bible Code, makes the audacious declare that its writer has came upon a mystery constitution of that means within the holy texts of Christianity and Judaism. Bucking greater than a century of biblical textual feedback, Friedman claims that one writer, most likely a lay individual, wrote some of the such a lot standard tales within the Hebrew Bible (including the tales of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and David) as one unified textual content. The Hidden Book's advent defends this thesis with shut readings of the styles of punctuation, note selection, sentence constitution, and allusion utilized in those tales; the rest of the publication is a reconstruction of what Friedman says is the unique, foundational textual content on the center of the Bible.
Unlike The Bible Code, Friedman's publication abstains from making particular interpretive claims in keeping with its findings. but Friedman does draw one lesson for modern readers from the tale he has found--perhaps the single portion of this ebook that would get away the talk it's certain to reason. In an age of relativism, Friedman writes, "Suddenly this paintings comes again from approximately 3 thousand years in the past. And it says certain, people have the ability to make judgments of what's reliable and undesirable and correct and incorrect. during this tale, the author of the earth doesn't continually demonstrate what's stable and undesirable, yet fairly the people take the fruit that allows them to make those judgments." --Michael Joseph Gross
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15 The strange thing was that all of the evidence that connected the book of Judges to this work was in chapters 9–21. No evidence at all came from the first eight chapters. 16 It was not my intention at the start of this research to include texts from the books of Joshua, Judges, or 1 Samuel. I simply meant this to be a study of J and the Court History of David. But, as we shall see, the evidence required the connection of these intervening texts with the others in the study. I was finding that the text that is known as J is just the beginning of a story that starts with the creation of the world in Genesis and continues all the way to the establishment of David’s kingdom on the earth.
The literary sensitivities of Auerbach and Saville reflected real patterns and bonds in these texts, bonds that point from several angles to the artistry of a single author—who thus would be no less than the first great writer of prose in history. 2. READING THE WORK T HOUGH I BELIEVE THAT THE MARSHALING OF EVIDENCE THAT COMES IN THE APPENDIX IS NECESSARY TO MAKE THE CASE PROPERLY FOR THE UNITY of the work, at the same time I think that it is the reading of the text that will persuade most readers of its consistency and original coherence.
And so I tentatively included these parts of the book of Joshua in order to see if this would hold up. Next came the question of where the Court History of David begins and ends. It includes nearly all of the book of 2 Samuel and appears to end with the death of David and the succession of his son, Solomon, which come in the first two chapters of 1 Kings. Determining its starting point is more difficult. Its story clearly depends upon events that occur in 1 Samuel, but how far back into 1 Samuel does it go?
The Hidden Book in the Bible by Richard Elliott Friedman