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

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

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By (author) James K. Hoffmeier

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0199731691
  • ISBN 13: 9780199731695
  • Illustrations note: 28 black and white halftones, 18 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 435,276

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Hoffmeier examines the Wilderness narratives of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. As director of the North Sinai Archaeological Project, the author 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. Ancient Israel in Sinai 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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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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Egyptologist and ancient Near Eastern scholar, James K. Hoffmeier, has produced an important work for the ongoing study of Israel's wilderness traditions. It is an excellent example of the integration of archaeology, philology, religion, history and biblical studies by a scholar who has demonstrated over the years his outstanding abilities in all these matters. While it gives an up-to-date accounting of what is known about Israel's wilderness traditions, it makes important contributions to the study of the toponymy and history of ancient Egypt's eastern frontier, as well as that of ancient Sinai. There can be no doubt that this volume will become the standard work in these areas for years to come. K. Lawson Younger, Jr., co-editor of Mesopotamia and the Bible: Comparative Explorations 'Biblical Scholarship and Egyptology are brought together with uncommon skill in this important study. The book contains a wealth of evidence which is as fascinating as it is well-researched.' Richard H. Wilkinson, Professor and Director, Egyptian Expedition, The University of Arizona 'As the director of numerous archaeological surveys in North Sinai and current excavations at Tell el-Borg, James Hoffmeier is one of the world's foremost authorities on Egypt's northern border defenses during the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1069 B.C.). Any new work of his will be read with interest by Egyptologists and biblical scholars alike.' - Ellen F. Morris, Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology, University of Wales Swansea 'Hoffmeier furnishes a sophisticated fresh approach to the Biblical Exodus traditions filled with detailed Egyptological background, and utterly indispensable because of its basis in recent, and in many cases as yet unpublished, archaeological data. This is a virtual encyclopedia of the Exodus.' Baruch Halpern, Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Penn State

Table of contents

Foreword by Kenneth A. Kitchen ; Abbreviations ; Chronological Charts ; The Wilderness Tradition ; The Wilderness Tradition and the Historian of Religion ; Sinai: The Great and Terrible Wilderness ; The Geography of the Exodus: Ramesses to the Sea ; The Location of the Re(e)d Sea ; The Mountain of God ; From Egypt to Mt. Sinai: Traveling and Living in the Wilderness ; The Sinai Legislation ; Israel's Desert Sanctuary ; Egyptian Personal Names and Other Egyptian Elements in the Exodus-Wilderness Narratives ; The Wilderness Tradition and the Origin of Israel ; Notes ; Index ; Photo gallery