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

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


By (author) James K. Hoffmeier

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 31mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195155467
  • ISBN 13: 9780195155464
  • Illustrations note: Numerous halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 839,363

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In his pathbreaking Israel in Egypt, James K. Hoffmeier refuted the claims of scholars who questioned the historical accuracy of the biblical account of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt. Analyzing a wealth of textual, archaeological, and geographical evidence, he put forth a thorough defense of the biblical tradition. Hoffmeier now turns his attention the Wilderness narratives of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, and to those minimalist scholars who deny the plausibility of the biblical account. As director of the North Sinai Archaeological Project, Hoffmeier has led several excavations that have uncovered important new evidence supporting the Wilderness narratives. This volume will present these archaeological findings as part of a thorough examination of all the evidence. The major focus of the book will be on the actual location of Mount Sinai, which some scholars have sought to locate in northern Arabia and not in the Sinai peninsula as traditionally thought. Hoffmeier's work will serve as a rebuttal to this and other challenges to the authenticity of the Wilderness narratives.

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James K. 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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...deserve[s] to be carefully considered by mainstream biblical commentators... An energetic and engaging defence... Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Times Literary Supplement