I really enjoyed Friedmans book, and I feel it gave me a lot more knowledge about the world that produced the bible and a greater appreciation for the bible itself. I would like to ask for your recommodations on what the "next" book about the bible i should read?
Other books like Friedman's "Who wrote the bible"?
Depends on what topics you're interested in.
I'm not clear on whether you want to focus on things like who wrote the Bible, so I'll suggest other possibilities.
F.F. Bruce wrote a book called The Canon of Scripture which discusses how the 66 books came to be a part of the Bible and why other books were rejected.
There are also commentaries on the Bible itself.
These go beyond who wrote the Bible to discussing the text itself.
For example, Warren Wiersbe has written a 6-volume "Bible Expository" of the entire Bible, written for popular consumption, as opposed to being geared to theologians in seminaries.
He writes from an evangelical perspective.
Obviously, any commentary contains the opinions and interpretations of the author.
Unlike authoritarian groups like the WTS, the vast majority of commentary authors don't demand that the reader agree with them.
We're free to take it or leave it, agree with some things they say, disagree with others.
"Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman is a must read, you will love it if you also enjoyed "who wrote the bible"
Ding - i made the question vague on purpose to see what I got :-).
sphere != circle, whereami: Ehrmans book sound really good, thanks for the suggestion!
Burton L. Mack wrote a book called 'Who wrote the New Testament'. It's well worth a read.
The Book Of Jewish Knowledge' by Nathan Ausubel
Try these ... very good scholarship: