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Bibil Identifier bibil:202151
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Ancient Israel in Sinai
Title (English, ) The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Traditions
Author Hoffmeier, James K.
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Library Online
Signature Perunil
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-515546-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xxii Pages
336 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract For the past two decades, the nature of ancient Israel’s origins has been debated heatedly. Much of this debate has concentrated on part of the book of Exodus and the book of Joshua. Little attention, however, has been given to the wilderness tradition, for example, the episodes set in Sinai (Exodus 16 through Numbers 20). The current study investigates the importance of the wilderness tradition to ancient Israel’s religious and social formation. The location of Mt. Sinai, Israel’s law or covenant, and the possible Egyptian origins of Israel’s desert sanctuary, the tabernacle, are explored in the light of Egyptian archaeological materials. The book further argues that the Torah’s narratives preserve accurate memories of the wilderness period as evidenced by the accuracy of geographical place names in Egypt and Sinai, and by the use of many personal names and technical terms that are of Egyptian etymology. These factors lend credibility to the authenticity sojourn in Egypt and the exodus traditions, rather than viewing them as purely ideological or literary fictions dating to 1,000 years after the events.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/0195155467.001.000
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Archaeology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Desert
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sinai
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Exodus
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