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Richard Elliott Friedman

The Hebrew Bible

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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 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa. 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.

His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean, and French. He has been interviewed by CNN’s Larry King and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.” He was a consultant for the Dreamworks film “The Prince of Egypt”; for Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers; for NBC “The Eternal Light”; for A&E “Mysteries of the Bible,” and “Who Wrote the Bible?”; and for PBS “Nova.”


He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. He was elected to membership in The Biblical Colloquium. He was President of the Biblical Colloquium West. He received five awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of California and the University of Georgia. He has lectured at the National Cathedral in Washington and at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, UCLA, University of California, Berkeley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and dozens of other colleges and seminaries in the U. S. and abroad.


He works in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Akkadian, Latin, Phoenician, Ugaritic, French, and German.