Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel

Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel

by Nahum M. Sarna
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 enduring significance of biblical text.

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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

Jewish Book World
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210637
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
629,718
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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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