Richard Elliott Friedman

Author, 'Who Wrote The Bible?'

Richard Elliott Friedman earned his doctorate at Harvard in Hebrew Bible. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge and Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He participated in the City of David Project archaeological excavations of biblical Jerusalem. He is now the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and is the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego.

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His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean and French. "Who Wrote the Bible?" has sold over 250,000 copies, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a New York Times Editors’ selection, and was the subject of a three-hour television special. "The Disappearance of God" (published in paperback as "The Hidden Face of God") was named among the “ Best Books of 1995” by Publishers Weekly. "The Hidden Book in the Bible" was named among the “Best Books of 1998” by Publishers Weekly. It was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Quality Paperbacks Book Club and Jewish Book Club. His "Commentary on the Torah, "with his new translation of the Five Books of Moses, was named among Commentary Magazine's Best Jewish Books of 2001. His "The Bible with Sources Revealed" was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist of 2005.

He has been interviewed by CNN’s Larry King and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and “Radio Times” and “Talk of the Nation” by Robert Siegal, Ray Suarez and Derek McGinty. Articles and citations of his work have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Time, New York Daily News, Newsweek, Commentary, Commonweal, The Atlantic Monthly, The Forward, Moment, The Jerusalem Post, Maariv and Haaretz.

He was a consultant for the Dreamworks film “The Prince of Egypt,” for NBC's “The Eternal Light," for A&E, PBS and “Nova.”