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THE HEBREW BIBLE Course Now Available on Coursecraft!

You can take an entire course from Professor Friedman, an introduction to the books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) that tell its core story, from creation to the time of great empires. 27 lectures for $26 The first “Sample Lesson” is free. Take a look: https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9PKb/splash

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  • Sunday, July 5th, 2015,
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The Exodus Is Not Fiction

There is an interview with me in the Spring 2014 issue of Reform Judaism magazine about the Exodus. Despite fairly common claims these days, the evidence from both text and archaeology is that the Exodus is historical. Here is the interview: http://www.reformjudaism.org/exodus-not-fiction

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  • Wednesday, March 26th, 2014,
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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 […]

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  • Saturday, October 20th, 2012,
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Death and Afterlife

Afterlife – Friedman:Dolansky

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  • Sunday, August 5th, 2012,
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News: Baruch Halpern joining us at UGA

To friends and colleagues: I am pleased to be able to announce for the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia that Professor Baruch Halpern has accepted an appointment to the Covenant Foundation Professorship in Jewish Studies here at UGA starting with the Fall 2012 semester.  We (and I personally) are delighted that Professor […]

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  • Sunday, August 5th, 2012,
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Recent Thoughts

Recently I received a letter about my book The Hidden Book in the Bible.  The writer said, “Years ago, I read with interest your The Hidden Book in the Bible. Recently I discovered that there was a book based on the same premise called The Yahwist Bible (Clarimond Mansfield, Cornhill Pub. Co., 1922). I just wanted to […]

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  • Saturday, July 9th, 2011,
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Current thought 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 […]

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  • Wednesday, July 6th, 2011,
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Commentary on the Torah thoughts

My Commentary on the Torah was published in 2001.  Since then I have of course continued studying and teaching the Torah, and every now and then I think of something new.  I wish that I had said it in my Commentary, but, aah, it’s too late.  But now I have this website, and this gives […]

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  • Friday, May 20th, 2011,
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