Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel [NOOK Book]

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Sarna examines the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures--Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new Foreword to the 1996 edition, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing us back to the uniqueness and ...
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Overview

Sarna examines the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures--Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new Foreword to the 1996 edition, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing us back to the uniqueness and enduring significance of biblical text.


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Sarna examines and elucidates the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures -- Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new forward, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing the reader back to the enduring significance of the biblical text.
From the Publisher
"A thorough and highly sophisticated reflection on the biblical text."
--Brevard S. Childs, Yale University

"An excellent companion volume to the biblical book of Exodus itself."
--Baruch A. Levine, New York University

"Sheds a brilliant light upon one of the greatest books in the possession of humankind."
--Chaim Potok, author of Wanderings

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307760692
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/10/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 756,690
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Nahum M. Sarna is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. Author of Understanding Genesis and On the Book of Psalms, he is an editor and translator of the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Bible.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. I The Oppression 15
Ch. II The Birth and Youth of Moses 27
Ch. III The Commissioning of Moses 38
Ch. IV The Ten Plagues 63
Ch. V The Passover and the Exodus 81
Ch. VI From Egypt to Sinai 103
Ch. VII The Ten Commandments; Moses and Monotheism 130
Ch. VIII The Laws 158
Ch. IX The Tabernacle and the Golden Calf 190
Notes 221
Abbreviations 245
Bibliography 247
Index 264
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