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“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”

Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives

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

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“Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”

Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives

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

The Hebrew Scriptures consider the exodus from Egypt to be Israel’s formative and foundational event. Indeed, the Bible offers no other explanation for Israel’s 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 Torah’s 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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The Hebrew Scriptures consider the exodus from Egypt to be Israel’s formative and foundational event. Indeed, the Bible offers no other explanation for Israel’s 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 Torah’s 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.

Preface

Abbreviations

Part 1 Egyptology and Linguistic Matters

Egyptian Religious Influences on the Early Hebrews

James K. Hoffmeier

Onomastics of the Exodus Generation in the Book of Exodus

Richard S. Hess

Egyptian Loanwords as Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions

Benjamin J. Noonan

The Significance of the Horns (קֶרֶן) of Exodus 27:2: The Egyptian (á&supl;­st) and Levantine Four-Horned Altars

David Falk

Part 2 Exodus in the Pentateuch/Torah

The Practices of the Land of Egypt (Leviticus 18:3): Incest, 'Anat, and Israel in the Egypt of Ramesses the Great

Richard C. Steiner

The Kadesh Inscriptions of Ramesses II and the Exodus Sea Account (Exodus 13:17–15:19)

Joshua Berman

The Literary Unity of the Exodus Narrative

Gary A. Rendsburg

Moses, the Tongue-Tied Singer!

Alan Millard

The Egyptian Sojourn and Deliverance from Slavery in the Framing and Shaping of the Mosaic Law

Richard E. Averbeck

"Tell Your Children and Grandchildren!" The Exodus as Cultural Memory

Jens Bruun Kofoed

Part 3 Exodus, the Wilderness Period, and Archaeology

Recent Developments in Understanding the Origins of the Arameans: Possible Contributions and Implications for Understanding Israelite Origins

K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Exodus on the Ground: The Elusive Signature of Nomads in Sinai

Thomas W. Davis

Part 4 Exodus in the Hebrew Prophets

"I Am Yahweh Your God from the Land of Egypt": Hosea's Use of the Exodus Traditions

Jerry Hwang

Some Observations on the Exodus and Wilderness Wandering Traditions in the Books of Amos and Micah

J. Andrew Dearman

Bibliography

Indexes

Index of Modern and Premodern Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Other Ancient Sources

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