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3/28/2002 Friedman to present Frazee Lecture

McMINNVILLE – Richard Elliott Friedman, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California at San Diego, will speak on "Rediscovering the Heart of the Hebrew Bible" Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

Friedman, who is also the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization at UCSD, will present the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion at Linfield. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Friedman is the author of several books and over 70 articles, reviews and notes in journals and books. He may be best known for "Who Wrote the Bible?" which has been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and French and was the subject of a three-hour television special.

His other books include "The Hidden Face of God," originally published as "The Disappearance of God," which was rated among the "Best Books of 1995" by Publishers Weekly, and "The Hidden Book of the Bible," which was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Quality Paperbacks Book Club and Jewish Book Club. He is also the author of "The Exile and Biblical Narrative" and editor of "The Creation of Sacred Literature," "The Poet and the Historian" and "The Future of Biblical Studies."

His new book is "Commentary on the Torah," with a new translation of the Five Books of Moses.

He has lectured extensively around the world including at Yale University, Princeton University, the University of Cambridge, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the University of California at Berkeley, American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Temple University and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He also served as a media consultant for the film "Prince of Egypt," and for the television specials "The Eternal Light," "Mysteries of the Bible" and "Who Wrote the Bible?"

Friedman received his doctorate from 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 participated in the City of David Project archaeological excavations of Biblical Jerusalem.

The Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion was established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield Religious Studies Department. For more information, contact William Millar, professor of religion, 503-434-2456.