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"Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?"

Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives

Edited by James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg

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The Hebrew Scriptures consider the exodus from Egypt to be Israelís formative and foundational event. Indeed, the Bible offers no other explanation for Israelís origin as a people. It is also true that no contemporary record regarding a man named Moses or the Israelites generally, either living in or leaving Egypt has been found. Hence, many biblical scholars and archaeologists take a skeptical attitude, dismissing the exodus from the realm of history. However, the contributors to this volume are convinced that there is an alternative, more positive approach. Using textual and archaeological materials from the ancient Near East in a comparative way, in conjunction with the Torahís narratives and with other biblical texts, the contributors to this volume (specialists in ancient Egypt, ancient Near Eastern culture and history, and biblical studies) maintain that the reports in the Hebrew Bible should not be cavalierly dismissed for ideological reasons but, rather, should be deemed to contain authentic memories.

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Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 2016
Bibliographic info: Pp. xv + 333
Language(s): English


Cover: Cloth
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches



Anyone with an interest in the current research on the exodus- wilderness narratives, Egyptian loan words, and points of contact be- tween the biblical world and Egypt will find this volume fascinating and worthwhile. The scope of these essays is impressive, ranging from archaeological evidence, linguistic studies, literary-critical issues, and cultural-memory theory. . . . Overall this book is recommended for students and scholars interested in the exodus narratives and discussion on the Egyptian evidence.—Julianne Burnett, University of Manchester in Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 5.2 (2017): 210–12

"The articles are most illuminating and persuasive where there is direct comparison to Egyptian texts and archaeology. Readers will not be surprised at the conclusions."—Dwight D. Swanson in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41.5

"All the essays are worth reading and evidence serious research. . . . ?Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?? contains many arguments to consider seriously the substantially historical nature of the exodus."—Pieter de Vries, Free University Amsterdam in Review of Biblical Literature, October 2017

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