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Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition [NOOK Book]

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Scholars of the Hebrew Bible have in the last decade begun to question the historical accuracy of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus. The reason for the rejection of the exodus tradition is said to be the lack of historical and archaeological evidence in Egypt. Those advancing these claims, however, are not specialists in the study of Egyptian history, culture, and archaeology. In this pioneering book, author James Hoffmeier examines the most current Egyptological evidence and ...
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Overview

Scholars of the Hebrew Bible have in the last decade begun to question the historical accuracy of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus. The reason for the rejection of the exodus tradition is said to be the lack of historical and archaeological evidence in Egypt. Those advancing these claims, however, are not specialists in the study of Egyptian history, culture, and archaeology. In this pioneering book, author James Hoffmeier examines the most current Egyptological evidence and argues that it supports the biblical record concerning Israel in Egypt.
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"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University

"Israel in Egypt is one of those rare works that one cannot read without taking notes on nearly every page. For biblical scholars, who are seriously interested in the Exodus and the issues revolving around the historicity of the Bible, especially regarding the origins of Israel, Israel in Egypt could not be more highly recommended."--Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archaeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University

"This volume is a bold and important attempt to infuse the current debate with a reasoned appraisal of biblical, archaeological, and philological evidence. Hoffmeier is uniquely qualified to make such an attempt because he is one of the few scholars who can handle both the Egyptian evidence and the biblical materials."--Asbury Theological Journal

"This volume will become a classic text for a positive and conservative evaluation of the literary and archaeological evidence for the 'historicity' of the Israelites in Egypt."--Walter D. Zorn, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

"This well-presented case brims with the type of knowledge most never bother to attain."--J. Julius Scott, Wheaton College

"The best and most good-spirited defense yet of the conservative position that takes the Biblical "Exodus-Conquest" narratives literally as history."--William G. Dever, University of Arizona

"Hoffmeier's study represents the fruit of many years of study in Egyptology and the Old Testament. The work is a substantial contribution to the ongoing discussion on the subject of Israel's presence in Egypt and represents a view that is in harmony with an appreciation of the Bible as a valuable historical source....This is an excellent volume for introducing the subject it covers."---Denver Journal

"Hoffmeier's book is an important contribution to the study of the Hebrew experience in Egypt. Its two major strengths are the author's powerful refutation of hyper-critical views on the narrative and his presentation of the latest Egyptological data."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199881017
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,279,219
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Meet the Author

James K. Hoffmeier is Professor of Bible Studies and Archaeology at Wheaton College, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Chronological Charts
1 Israel's Early History in Recent Scholarship 3
2 The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate 25
3 Semites in Egypt: The First and Second Intermediate Periods 52
4 Joseph in Egypt 77
5 Israelites in Egypt 107
6 Moses and the Exodus 135
7 The Eastern Frontier Canal: Implications for the Exodus from Egypt 164
8 The Geography and Toponymy of the Exodus 176
9 The Problem of the Reed Sea 199
10 Concluding Remarks 223
Subject Index 228
Term Index 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    A big dissapointment

    I had hoped this book would finally provide some evidence for the belief that the ancient Hebrews were enslaved by Egypt and/or existed as a group in Egypt for any appreciable amount of time--- as the book 'Exodus' in the Hebrew Testament claims. Sadly, this book failed to make a convincing argument for that claim. First off, the synopsis for this book reads 'Scholars of the Hebrew Bible have in the last decade begun to question the historical accuracy of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus.' That is not quite accurate: historians, Egyptologists, and Bible scholars have been critical of the claim that the Hebrews were enslaved by Egypt for over 100 years, not merely a 'decade.' See for example Robert Green Ingersoll's text 'Some Mistakes of Moses.' This book contends that the Hebrews really were enslaved by Egypt, but that fact has either been 'lost' to historians or has been 'hidden' from historians.... and that one must infer the existence of the ancient Hebrews in Egypt. There are a nearly infinite number of flaws with that contention. The first is, if the Hebrew Testament had not mentioned the alleged Hebrew enslavement in Egypt, nobody would ever think it had happened based upon evidence: the belief must come first, and then proponents of the claim strive mightily to find any and all possible 'just so stories' to defend that believe.... no matter how absurd and tenuous. That is what the author of this book has done. It is entirely possible that the book of 'Exodus' in the Hebrew Testament is factual and that the ancient Hebrews really were enslaved by Egypt: however, this book offers nothing in the way of evidence that will convince a historian or an Egyptologist.

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