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The Exodus

The Exodus has become a core tradition of Western civilization.  Millions read it, retell it, and celebrate it.  But did it happen?

Richard Elliot Friedman’s works represent a robust collection of careful investigation, detailed analysis of Hebrew Bible and rich biblical archaeology. Each book is written with clarity and engaging style, turning a potentially dry scholarly inquiry into a lively and at times inspiring read. Those who have read his various works note that “his credentials as a biblical scholar are impeccable. He gives firm evidence for each of his assertions, based upon the work of many other scholars and writers." Others have stated “A titanic achievement of scholarship", “A must for anyone who has a sincere interest in the current status of religion."


Richard Elliott Friedman

Richard’s books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean, and French.  Who Wrote the Bible? has sold over 250,000 copies, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a New York Times Editors’ selection, and was the subject of a three-hour television special.  The Disappearance of God (published in paperback as The Hidden Face of God) was named among the “Best Books of 1995” by Publishers Weekly.

With a dazzling display of deep learning lightly presented, Friedman addresses the fundamental moral and religious issues which confront the present malaise and future survival of our species.  If we listen, there is hope

-H.G.M. Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew, Oxford University

Death and Afterlife

Death and Afterlife

Death and Afterlife The Biblical Silence Richard Elliott Friedman and Shawna Dolansky Overton In Judaism in Late Antiquity Part Four Death, Life-After-Death, Resurrection and the World-to-Come in the Judaisms of Late Antiquity Edited by Alan J. Avery Peck and Jacob Neusner   We have few unquestionable references to life after death in the Hebrew Bible. Our problem, though, is not only…

Thoughts about the Documentary Hypothesis

Thoughts about the Documentary Hypothesis

(From the Introduction to Empirical Models for Biblical Criticism, Jeffrey Tigay, Editor) Since the nineteenth century, the Documentary Hypothesis has been the best-known, most published, most often criticized, most thoroughly defended, and most widely taught explanation of the development of the first five books of the Bible.  Evidence and arguments in support of it have grown continually more substantial—not just in quantity…

Does Israel Have No Roots There in History?

Does Israel Have No Roots There in History?

On Sept. 24, the president of Iran informed reporters that Israel has “no roots there in history” in the Middle East. Now a lot of good jokes come to mind at the expense of this clueless man, but, seriously folks, he has at least conveyed an important truth: he recognizes that Israel’s historical presence in that world since antiquity matters — matters…

Listen & Watch

Hear from Richard himself in the following interview hosted by Thomas Levy  of the UCSD Anthropology department. Click the image to the right to watch on YouTube.  Check out other interviews: Beliefnet | “too Jewish" podcast | “State of Biblical Archaeology" podcast

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