Tag Archives: Richard Elliott Friedman

Israelites with Egyptian names

At this juncture of 2018/19 I think back over the books I have been reading. I think that three books I have read recently converge on the reality that several names of Levites in the Bible appear to be Egyptian. … Continue reading

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The oldest worship service?

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 gives us a piece of very ancient Israelite worship language. It calls for a simple ceremony. An Israelite farmer must take some of the first fruits of the crop, put them in a basket, carry them to the … Continue reading

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Friedman-the exodus of priests

Having read Richard Elliott Friedman’s The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Matters, I am both appreciative and disappointed. I appreciate his argument that the exodus event does not depend on huge numbers of people leaving Egypt.  His theory … Continue reading

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Friedman-did love really trump hate?

Richard Elliot Friedman’s book, The Exodus has the subtitle, How it Happened and Why it Matters. How it happened, according to him, was that the Levites were the people Moses led out of Egypt.  This means that “all Israel” was … Continue reading

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Friedman-did God evolve?

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 … Continue reading

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Friedman-where Moses (and God) came from

Was Moses a Hebrew, an Egyptian, or a Midianite?  In The Exodus, Richard Elliott Friedman deals with this in connection with the origin of monotheism. As the story now stands in Exodus with the various sources now combined, Moses was … Continue reading

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Friedman-the Levites as the people of the Exodus

I am posting about Richard Elliott Friedman’s new book The Exodus. Two old poems give primitive information that relates to the Exodus. One of them, which does not have anything straight forward to do with the Exodus is the Song … Continue reading

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Friedman-source criticism as key to the Exodus event

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 … Continue reading

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