By Richard Elliott Friedman
Richard Elliott Friedman's The Hidden e-book within the Bible could be the most vital literary discovery of our century. Or it can be a load of guano. The Hidden ebook, like Michael Drosnin's The Bible Code, makes the audacious declare that its writer has stumbled on a mystery constitution of that means within the holy texts of Christianity and Judaism. Bucking greater than a century of biblical textual feedback, Friedman claims that one writer, most likely a lay individual, wrote a number of the such a lot common tales within the Hebrew Bible (including the tales of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and David) as one unified textual content. The Hidden Book's creation defends this thesis with shut readings of the styles of punctuation, observe selection, sentence constitution, and allusion utilized in those tales; the rest of the ebook is a reconstruction of what Friedman says is the unique, foundational textual content on the middle of the Bible.
Unlike The Bible Code, Friedman's booklet abstains from making particular interpretive claims in accordance with its findings. but Friedman does draw one lesson for modern readers from the tale he has found--perhaps the one part of this booklet that may break out the talk it really is guaranteed to reason. In an age of relativism, Friedman writes, "Suddenly this paintings comes again from approximately 3 thousand years in the past. And it says convinced, people have the ability to make judgments of what's strong and undesirable and correct and improper. during this tale, the author of the earth doesn't continuously display what's solid and undesirable, yet really the people take the fruit that allows them to make those judgments." --Michael Joseph Gross