The Origins of Biblical Israel
ISBN10: 0805210636 ISBN13: 9780805210637 Publisher: Schocken Books Published: Apr 1 1996 Pages: 277 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
The book of Exodus records the pivotal events in the formation of biblical Israel--the deliverance from slavery, the leadership of Moses, the wilderness wanderings, and the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Bible scholar Nahum Sarna, whose widely praised Understanding Genesis has become a standard text, examines and illuminates 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 this 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.