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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