Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies, Dept. of Religion

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Richard Elliott  Friedman earned his Th.D. and Th.M. at Harvard in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; M.H.L. at the Jewish Theological Seminary; and B.A. at the University of Miami. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge and Oxford, a Senior Fellow at the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa.  He is also Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego.

Akkadian, Aramaic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,  Latin, Moabite, Phoenician, Ugaritic

Sample Articles:
“The Biblical Expression mastîr panîm,” Hebrew Annual Review 1 (1977), pp. 139-147.
“The MRZH  Tablet from Ugarit,” Maarav 2 (1980), pp. 187-206.
“Composition and Paronomasia in the Book of Jonah,” Hebrew Annual Review 4 (1980), pp. 77-92, with Baruch Halpern.
“An Essay on Method,” in Le-David Maskil (Biblical & Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego; Eisenbrauns, 2003) R. E. Friedman & W. Propp, eds., pp.1-15.
“The SOTAH: Why Is This Case Different from All Other Cases?” in I. Provan & M. Boda, eds., Let Us Go up to Zion: Essays in Honour of H. G. M. Williamson (Brill, 2012) pp. 371-382.

The Exile and Biblical Narrative (Harvard Semitic Monographs, 1981).
Who Wrote the Bible? (Simon and Schuster,  1987).
The Disappearance of God (Little, Brown, 1995).
The Hidden Book in the Bible (HarperCollins, 1998).
Commentary on the Torah (HarperCollins, 2001).
The Bible with Sources Revealed (HarperCollins, 2004).
The Bible Now (Oxford, 2011).
The Exodus (HarperCollins, 2017)

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Historical Semitic linguistics and philology