Who Wrote the Bible?
For some two thousand years, the Bible has been revered, studied, disdained and debated. It is the most influential book of Western culture and is ... Show synopsis For some two thousand years, the Bible has been revered, studied, disdained and debated. It is the most influential book of Western culture and is read wherever there are people who can read. Many have lived by it, some have died for it. But no one knows who wrote it or why. Armed with his training as a Bible scholar and linguist, Professor Friedman combines his own understanding of the ancient world with recent archeological evidence and new methods of literary analysis to discover clues within the Bible itself that point to a solution to the puzzle of its authorship. Like a skilled detective, he uncovers the identity of its writers, discovers that some of these writers knew each other, and tells how this affected, in unexpected ways, the final form the Bible took. He explains why there are inconsistencies in the Bible and why God is portrayed in so many and often contradictory ways. Already praised in America as 'fascinating', 'stimulating', 'brilliant' and 'provocative' by Bible scholars of differing religious affiliations, Who Wrote the Bible? challenges us to rethink the way we understand, value, and use the Bible today.