Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition

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Oxford University Press, Oct 6, 2005 - Bibles - 284 pages
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In his pathbreaking Israel in Egypt James K. Hoffmeier sought to refute the claims of scholars who doubt the historical accuracy of the biblical account of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt. Analyzing a wealth of textual, archaeological, and geographical evidence, he put forth a thorough defense of the biblical tradition. Hoffmeier now turns his attention to the Wilderness narratives of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. As director of the North Sinai Archaeological Project, Hoffmeier has led several excavations that have uncovered important new evidence supporting the Wilderness narratives, including a major New Kingdom fort at Tell el-Borg that was occupied during the Israelite exodus. Hoffmeier employs these archaeological findings to shed new light on the route of the exodus from Egypt. He also investigates the location of Mount Sinai, and offers a rebuttal to those who have sought to locate it in northern Arabia and not in the Sinai peninsula as traditionally thought. Hoffmeier addresses how and when the Israelites could have lived in Sinai, as well as whether it would have been possible for Moses to write down the law received at Mount Sinai. Building on the new evidence for the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, Hoffmeier explores the Egyptian influence on the Wilderness tradition. For example, he finds Egyptian elements in Israelite religious practices, including the use of the tabernacle, and points to a significant number of Egyptian personal names among the generation of the exodus. The origin of Israel is a subject of much debate and the wilderness tradition has been marginalized by those who challenge its credibility. In Ancient Israel in Sinai, Hoffmeier brings the Wilderness tradition to the forefront and makes a case for its authenticity based on solid evidence and intelligent analysis.
 

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Contents

1 The Wilderness Tradition
3
2 The Wilderness Tradition and the Historian of Religion
23
The Great and Terrible Wilderness
35
Ramesses to the Sea
47
5 The Location of the Reed Sea
75
6 The Mountain of God
111
Traveling and Living in the Wilderness
149
8 The Sinai Legislation
177
9 Israels Desert Sanctuary
193
10 Egyptian Personal Names and Other Egyptian Elements in the ExodusWilderness Narratives
223
11 The Wilderness Tradition and the Origin of Israel
235
Notes
251
Index
325
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James K. Hoffmeier is Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology, Trinity International University. He is the author of Israel in Egypt (OUP 1997).

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