Friedman-did God evolve?

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Here is another post about Richard Elliott Friedman’s book, The Exodus.

Friedman is vexed that there is no consensus among scholars about the dating of biblical texts.  He was taught by Frank Moore Cross and David Noel Freedman.  They used the progressive changes in the Hebrew language to date texts.  Friedman finds it frustrating that many modern scholars feel free to ignore these results.  He says that this is dating biblical texts without taking Hebrew into account.  It is like discussing diabetes without mentioning sugar (p.166).

The early dates for some of the poems incorporated into other works is the bed rock for his theory.  By noting the antiquity of the Hebrew in the Song of Deborah (Judges 5) and the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15), Friedman came to his theory that they represent two aspects of  Hebrew origins.  The Song of Deborah does not mention Levi.  The…

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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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