FROM YALE PRESS BLOG- David Noel Freedman   During a career of 60 years, Freedman wrote, co-authored or edited 470 books and articles on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and archaeology.  Some of these proved controversial, but Freedman’s attitude toward the work of others was, “Let a thousand flowers bloom!”  He was the most uncensorious of men, and his unpretentious demeanor earned him the love of hundreds of students, colleagues and readers.  Freedman was a tireless spokesman for the beauty, interest and relevancy of the Bible and biblical studies.  His work affected a variety of cultural communities, with fans including Jews and Christians of all stripes, plus numerous secularists. 

      It is too soon to identify Freedman’s personal contribution to biblical studies.  His interests were so wide-ranging, and so unique, that they seem to have stood apart from their time.  But Freedman’s other legacy is already crystal-clear.  There never was such an entrepreneur-facilitator-collaborator-disseminator of biblical scholarship.  (To continue reading). . . 

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