The Unity of the Hebrew Bible

Speaker: Categories: Mar 10, 2001


[56min, 38sec / 54min, 8sec]


For those who were privileged to attend the March, 2000, San Diego Adventist Forum meeting(s), reading the announcement of another presentation by Dr. David Noel Freedman, just one year later, will be most appreciated. Reviewing the publications for which this scholar has been writer and/or editor causes one to wonder how so much could be accomplished in one lifetime -- and still have an occasional opportunity to take nourishment and get rest. Our San Diego Forum is most fortunate in being able to hear him again.

The presentation will explore"various parts of the Hebrew Bible and how they form a symmetrical whole,"notes our March speaker. The discuss ion will"include information about the PRIMARY HISTORY (the first two sections) and the PROPHETS AND WRITINGS (the second half of the Hebrew Scriptures,"further states Dr. Freedman. He then observes,“The total number of the books reflects the completeness of the Hebrew alphabet, which has mystical qualities”.

This modest overview hardly does justice to the wealth of information which will be available for sharing. Our March speaker is recognized as an authority on that portion of the Canon which we call the Old Testament.


Dr. David Noel Freedman may be best known as the editor of the sixty volume Anchor Bible commentary series and related reference sources, including the Anchor Bible Reference Library and the six volumeAnchor Bible Dictionary. But he has authored, edited, and co-authored so much, much more.

During the past year his pen (typewriter or word-processor) produced Micah:A New Translation with Introduction and CommentaryandThe Nine Commandments: Uncovering the Hidden Pattern of Crime and Punishment in the Hebrew Bible.

In addition the following are a sampling of what he has editedduring the past year:The First and Second Letters to Timothy; Numbers 21-36: A New Translation;The Parables of Jesus; The Letter to Philemon; Proverbs 1-9; Eerdmans’s Dictionary of the Bible; Mark 1-8: a New Translation; The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Mohammed as Religious Leaders; Isaiah 1-39; Leviticus 17-22; The Letter to Philemon; and The Letters to the Thessalonians.

Dr. Freedman's earned degrees include an AB, UCLA, 1939; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1948; and Litt.D., University of the Pacific, 1973. He was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 1944. Among his academic positions he has served as resident faculty at Western Theological Seminary, 1948-60; San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1964-71; University of Michigan, 1971-92 (that's two decades); and University of California, San Diego, 1987 - present where he occupies the endowed chair in Hebrew Biblical Studies.

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