Friedman-source criticism as key to the Exodus event

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I have been reading Richard Elliott Friedman’s just published book, The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Matters.

In it Friedman takes a position in regard to the often-heard claim that the Exodus from Egypt never happened.  What that claim often means is that stuff like two million people following Moses out of Egypt, a staff turning into a snake, or Cecil B. DeMille’s version of some of the miracles and plagues never happened.  That is an easy case to make.

But Friedman takes the position that once you take into account source criticism–which helps explain some of these exaggerated images of the Exodus–and archeology, you can still say about the Exodus that “something happened”.

Before I write a few posts about the book, let me give you some background about what Friedman means by source criticism.

He has been researching this for over 40 years.  He has concluded…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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One Response to Friedman-source criticism as key to the Exodus event

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