by Richard Elliot Friedman
I had written a post in the past where I said Moses didn’t write the first five books of the OT and I referred you good friends to my friend’s website where he has covered this matter in detail than I would do in the space of this blog.
In this book that I just finished reading, the author tells the same story but much better than I plan to do here. The thing that I found most interesting from this book is not who wrote the bible, I already had an idea of the J, E, P and D authors, but the creativity with which they combined the different narratives to form a coherent book.
Friedman shows, the bible was the first attempt to write history. He says, and I find it persuasive, that these authors writing at their own times concerning the particular events did not for a moment imagine their works would have such a tremendous effect generations later. One is able, after reading this book, to better appreciate the political and religious climate the different authors wrote their histories.
It is a few hundred pages and one can read it one sitting.