Judges 14-16

 

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he Samson cycle Richard Elliott Friedman in The Hidden Book in the Bible attributes to J, remarkably because the word ‘hate,’ sânê’, of which Delilah accuses Samson of harboring for her, shows up frequently in J documents (Gn 24.60; 26.27; 29.31, 33; 37.5, 8; Nm 10.35). This is the Read More

Judges 11

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lthough Richard Elliott Friedman in The Hidden Book in the Bible assigns all of Jgs 11 to the J Source, it is unlikely Jgs 11.11-27 belongs to J because nowhere within the J documents do the J scribes directly refer to the work of other sources. Perhaps the scribes … Read More

Judges 7-9

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ecause Richard Elliott Friedman is a literal reader, he cannot discern hidden transcripts, or the veiled verse of subversives who despised God’s draconian doctrines, which explains why in The Hidden Book in the Bible he fails to ascribe to the J Source portions of Judges (7.2-8, 16-22; 8.10-13).

Let … Read More

Judges 1

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udges 1 is a conflated text that combines J Source documents with patriarchal documents. In The Hidden Book of the Bible Richard Elliott Friedman fails to attribute to the J Source any of Jgs 1, but we identify some of Jgs 1 as J documents. The first reason we … Read More

The Conclusion of the J Source Documents in Joshua

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ow about Jo 13.1-13, which, in The Hidden Book in the Bible, Richard Elliott Friedman attributes to the J Source: It is unlikely the J scribes are the authors, except, perhaps, for the phrase “Joshua was old and stricken in years,” ‘old and stricken’ appearing in J (Gn … Read More

Joshua’s Wars and the J Source

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lthough in The Hidden Book of the Bible Richard Elliott Friedman attributes Joshua 8.1-29 to the J Source, I disagree. I disagree because the J documents are subversive, which Jo 8.1-29 is not. As Friedman argues, an author’s worked is often identified by linguistic parallels, meaning the Source chooses … Read More

Joshua 7

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ichard Elliott Friedman in The Hidden Book in the Bible argues the J Source composed all of Jo 7. Let us now look at a few key points in Jo 7. Joshua was confronted with an uncharacteristic moment of clarity when he realized what God meant when he said … Read More

Joshua 5

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f the Rahab narrative in Jo 2 can be provisionally attributed to J, and since Jo 3 is not attributable to J, the next provisional entry in the J corpus may be Jo 5. Richard Elliott Friedman in The Hidden Book in the Bible attributes Jo 5.1-9, 13-15 to … Read More