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Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel [Paperback]

By Nahum M. Sarna (Author)
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Sarna examines 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 the 1996 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.

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Sarna examines 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 the 1996 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.
"A thorough and highly sophisticated reflection on the biblical text."
--Brevard S. Childs, Yale University

"An excellent companion volume to the biblical book of Exodus itself."
--Baruch A. Levine, New York University

"Sheds a brilliant light upon one of the greatest books in the possession of humankind."
--Chaim Potok, author of Wanderings
Nahum M. Sarna is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. Author of Understanding Genesis and On the Book of Psalms, he is an editor and translator of the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Bible.

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Studio: Schocken
Pages   277
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 1996
Publisher   Schocken
ISBN  0805210636  
ISBN13  9780805210637  


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Nahum M. Sarna has published or released items in the following series...
  1. JPS Scholar of Distinction
  2. JPS Torah Commentary


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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Israel
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > Old Testament
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Old Testament
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Old Testament > Old Testament
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > General
9Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > History of Religion



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A neat little book  Jan 16, 2001
Sarna's book guides the reader through Exodus, and tries to place it in the context of other Middle Eastern cultures (while at the same time not ignoring the key differences between Israel and its polytheistic neighbors). The book is full of interesting little tidbits: for example, "Mose" (meaning "son" or "one who is born" in Egyptian) was commonly a part of ancient Egyptian names, and kings had names like "Thut-mose" (so it makes sense that the egyptians would name a baby "Moses" or some variant thereof). Basically a work of history rather than theology--that is, it doesn't really purport to address the big questions of who wrote Exodus, etc. Rather, it shows readers how Exodus made sense to ancient readers familiar with heathen customs.
 
A book to savor and keep  Mar 25, 2000
I first read this book ...and his Genesis work..in library copies for a study group. I am buying both because the insight and the language literally transported me! Do not read this alone because you will want to share thoughts. Even when you are alone, you will want to return to a line and say it aloud. This will be a cherished book regardless of your professed faith. I plan to give extra copies as gifts! The only reason it is four stars is because Exodus is getting five!
 

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