Footnotes

1.

Baruch Halpern, review of The Book of J, Bible Books, BR 07:01.

2.

“Is Everybody a Bible Expert?” BR 07:02, by Richard Elliott Friedman.

3.

Richard Elliott Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible? (New York: Summit, 1987), p. 86.

4.

TeásûuÆqaÆ appears in only one other place in the Bible (Song of Songs 7:11), which may be read, “I am my beloved’s, he is attractive to me.” The woman proclaims the biblical ideal of mutual attraction.

5.

See Adrien Bledstein, “Was Habbirya a Healing Ritual Performed by a Woman in King David’s House?” Biblical Research 37 (1992), pp. 15–31.