BR 10:04, Aug 1994
Scholars Face Off Over Age of Biblical Stories
Friedman vs. Van Seters
In the December 1993 BR we published a lengthy review of John Van Seterss Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis (Bible Books, BR 09:06). Our reviewer, Richard Elliot Friedman, of the University of California at San Diego, leveled numerous criticisms at the book, writing at one point, There is therefore reason to doubt the soundness of method and reasoning in Van Seterss work. In this scholarship the [Bibles] text rarely speaks for itself . Rather it is the scholars spin on the text that houses the point. Van Seterss rebuttal to Friedmans critique follows this introduction; Friedmans reply follows that.