Out of the Desert?: Archaeology and the Exodus/Conquest Narratives

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Two of the best-known stories in the Bible are those of Moses leading his people out of Egypt and Joshua's conquest of the Promised Land. Indeed, they form one of the cornerstones of the Judeo-Christian tradition. But is the Bible a reliable source of information for Israel's early history? Are the Exodus and Conquest actual historical events? And if they are, when and where did they occur?

Out of the Desert? rigorously examines accounts of these historic events and traces the ...

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Two of the best-known stories in the Bible are those of Moses leading his people out of Egypt and Joshua's conquest of the Promised Land. Indeed, they form one of the cornerstones of the Judeo-Christian tradition. But is the Bible a reliable source of information for Israel's early history? Are the Exodus and Conquest actual historical events? And if they are, when and where did they occur?

Out of the Desert? rigorously examines accounts of these historic events and traces the authenticity, dates, and explanations for the Israelites' departure from Egypt and subsequent conquest of Canaan. Clarifying these events in a straightforward, informative manner, Out of the Desert? includes a generous number of charts and illustrations.

William H. Stiebing, Jr. places the Exodus within its cultural context during the beginning of the Iron Age (1200-1100 B.C.), a time of drought, famine and collapse of social order, which gave way to the emergence and dominance of the tribes that joined forces to become the confederation of Israel.

Many conventional ideas concerning the Exodus and Conquest are radically challenged in Out of the Desert?. Stiebing's accounts of archaeological digs and rival theories make the narrative lively and engrossing; his unique insight into the field of modern archaeology provides a rare glimpse into the wonders of man's history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781573922357
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    Archaeology vs. The Exodus

    Professor Stiebing investigates the 'historicity' of the Exodus account found in the Bible by noting the findings of biblical archaeology in Egypt, Sinai, Negev, Trans-jordan and Canaan. He notes that NO PERIOD, Early Bronze to Iron Age (ca. 2300 to 587 BC) closely matches the biblical details of the Exodus. Archaeological anomalies which appear in every era are the non-existence of certain cities, towns and villages, or their being abandoned. He explores and critiques the spectrum of attempts by professional and amateur scholars to find a historical setting or milieu to situate the Exodus in. I rank this book as 'A MUST HAVE' for anyone seeking to understand the archaeological difficulties which must be faced and overcome in establishing the historicity of the Exodus.

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