Home
Product Search
Site Map
Checkout
Track Your Order
Login
* Nine Commandments: Uncovering the Hidden Pattern of Crime and Punishment in the Hebrew Bible (David Noel Freedman) Paperback Book, (Doubleday) 9780385499873
* Nine Commandments: Uncovering the Hidden Pattern of Crime and Punishment in the Hebrew Bible (David Noel Freedman) Paperback Book, (Doubleday) 9780385499873
Click to enlarge image(s)


Title: * Nine Commandments: Uncovering the Hidden Pattern of Crime and Punishment in the Hebrew Bible

Author: Freedman, David Noel

Publisher: Doubleday; Publication Date:

Paperback; ISBN: 9780385499873

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

List Price in Paper: $18.95 Our price: $3.00

(Add to Cart button is at the bottom of this page)

In a book as controversial as Harold Bloom's The Book of J and Elaine Pagels's The Gnostic Gospels, David Noel Freedman delves into the Old Testament and reveals a pattern of defiance of the Covenant with God that inexorably led to the downfall of the nation of Israel, the destruction of the Temple, and the banishment of survivors from the Promised Land. Book by book, from Exodus to Kings, Freedman charts the violation of the first nine Commandments one by one - from the sin of apostasy (the worship of the golden calf, Exodus 32) to murder (the death of a concubine, Judges 19:25-26) to false testimony (Jezebel's charges against her neighbor, Naboth, I Kings 21).

Because covetousness lies behind all the crimes committed, Freedman shows, each act implicitly breaks the Tenth Commandment as well. In a powerful and persuasive argument, Freedman asserts that this hidden trail of sins betrays the hand of a Master Weaver or Editor who has skillfully woven into Israel's history a message to a community in exile that their fate is not the result of God's abandoning them but of their willful abandonment of God. With wit and insight, The Nine Commandments boldly challenges previous scholarship and conventional beliefs, and appeals to the same audience that has propelled Thomas Cahill's books and other recent explorations of the history of religion onto bestseller lists across the country.

Table of Contents

Title Page

List of Illustrations

Preface

Forward by Astrid Billes Beck

Introduction

The First & Second Commandments

The Third Commandment

The Fourth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

The Ninth Commandment

The Tenth Commandment?

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Notes

Select Bibliography



Review

"David Noel Freedman is one of the most insightful, provocative and original biblical scholars of his generation. Where so many other scholars delight in taking the Bible apart, in this book, as in others, Freedman focuses on putting it together--what lay behind the master editor who compiled the Primary History of Israel, from Genesis through Kings? What secrets did he bury, book by book, that tied the whole together and underlined its theme of disobedience to God's commands, leading ultimately to exile? Whether this great unifying scheme was intentional may be debatable, but no one can deny that the pattern Freedman found is there. And only a profound scholar like Freedman could have found it, lying undiscovered for two thousand years."--Hershel Shanks, editor, Biblical Archaeology Society

Copyright © 2016 Dove Booksellers
30108 Ford Road
Garden City, MI 48135
313-381-1000
custserv@dovebook.com