By Richard Elliott Friedman
Richard Elliott Friedman's The Hidden ebook within the Bible could be the most crucial literary discovery of our century. Or it can be a load of guano. The Hidden publication, like Michael Drosnin's The Bible Code, makes the audacious declare that its writer has came across 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 a few of the so much prevalent 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, notice selection, sentence constitution, and allusion utilized in those tales; the rest of the booklet is a reconstruction of what Friedman says is the unique, foundational textual content on the middle of the Bible.
Unlike The Bible Code, Friedman's ebook abstains from making particular interpretive claims in line with its findings. but Friedman does draw one lesson for modern readers from the tale he has found--perhaps the single component of this ebook that might 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 convinced, people have the facility to make judgments of what's solid and undesirable and correct and improper. during this tale, the author of the earth doesn't regularly exhibit what's strong and undesirable, yet particularly the people take the fruit that allows them to make those judgments." --Michael Joseph Gross
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I think that you will observe many of them as you read the work. I shall refer to more of them in my literary treatment of the work below. I believe it will become clear that this is a connected group of texts, telling a continuous, coherent story. As one reads it, one comes across allusions to details that came earlier in the story. For example, in the J story of the spies whom Moses sends to scout the promised land, the people are frightened by the spies’ report of the giants and the fortified Canaanite cities.
Imagine that such a discovery had been made through archaeology instead of in the less romantic setting of biblical scholarship. And imagine that you had the good fortune to be in the archaeologist’s office. ” Wouldn’t you want to read it immediately? That is what this book purports to be: the opportunity to read this work that no one has read for almost three millennia. If we had just discovered a work of this quality and this length archaeologically, we would be impressed and excited. But something even more impressive has happened.
But the more one reads, and the more carefully one reads, the more one sees the network of connections through the whole text. What happens in one story has implications for things that happen in later ones. Later stories contain echoes of early stories. Later stories allude to early stories. Later stories depend on early stories. It is not the kind of similarity that stories have as a result of common roots or as a result of one account imitating another. It is, rather, the kind of structure that is conceived and executed by design.