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Out of the Desert
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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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