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Out of the Desert

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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 whe ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Prometheus Books (first published March 1st 1989)
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Steve Dustcircle
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not too heavy of a read, but the reader should have a general knowledge of traditional Jewish history, or have a basic understanding of Old Testament text. The book partially debunks a lot of the Mosaic text, regarding of who conquered what, and where it did or didn't happen. But as biblical writings are verbally passed down, it's common for the scholar to know that the Bible, or Torah, should not be taken literally. Did the Israelites enter Egypt? Did they slaughter a massive army known as the ...more
Mary Woldering
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent study of Exodus era life and conquest narratives. Although my books are set in an earlier time period, my feeling is that not much had changed in the basic desert lifestyle. Great research tool!
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
There is no archaeological evidence supporting the Exodus myth. Where one would expect many archaeological sites produced by tens of thousands of people wandering the Sinai for decades, there are essentially none.
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