restored, translated, and introduced by Richard Elliott Friedman. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, The Hidden Book of the Bible reveals the first prose work on earth: a lost epic of love, deception, war, and redemption that is the core narrative of the Bible. Richard Elliott Friedman uncovers a 3,000-year-old epic hidden within the books of the Hebrew Bible. This beautiful, exciting story, which Friedman has titled In the Day, is at once the oldest work of prose in the world and a compelling account of humankind’s complex relationship with God. Obscured by ancient editors and lost for millennia, the work is here translated and presented in the way it was meant to be read. “A brilliant piece of scholarly detective work. . . . Provocative and engaging, Friedman’s book blows like a fresh breeze through the halls of biblical study” (Publishers Weekly). “A challenging, exhilarating story . . . that should give everyone pause.”—Robert Alter, in The New York Times Book Review.