A fascinating book and essential reading for believers and non believers,
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This review is from: Who Wrote the Bible? (Kindle Edition)
What makes this book so powerful is the temperate and measured style of the author and his ability to delve deeply into academic research write about it in such a readable way. He does not opt for polemic but for stating the discoveries from biblical research. Many will be surprised, indeed shocked, by his revelations. For example, the book opens by dismantling the view that Moses wrote the first five books of the bible – The Pentateuch. There were at least four, maybe five authors, and many of the events are described long after Moses was dead.
Much of the cutting edge research has been, and is being, done by professors and biblical experts in the theological colleges. Their work used to be burned, and they were sacked. Now, following a decision by Pius X11 even RC researchers can investigate these issues. Assuming that these researchers, often lecturers in theological colleges, pass their knowledge to their students then there must be a gulf between what many clergy know and what they preach.
Is it not time to treat their congregations as mature and intelligent adults who can confront and consider what their clergy themselves know? The debate could be invigorating and, as the author comments, discussion and differences of opinion can take place from different perspectives.