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The Exodus : how it happened and why it matters

Author: Richard Elliott Friedman
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to the mystery of the exodus. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account.Like a detective on an intricate case no one has yet solved, pioneering  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Elliott Friedman
ISBN: 9780062565242 0062565249
OCLC Number: 1023269686
Description: xiv, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard Elliott Friedman.

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Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to the mystery of the exodus. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account.Like a detective on an intricate case no one has yet solved, pioneering Bible scholar and bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible? Richard Elliott Friedman cuts through the noise-the serious studies and the wild theories-merging new findings with new insight. From a spectrum of disciplines, state-of-the-art archaeological breakthroughs, and fresh discoveries within scripture, he brings real evidence of a historical basis for the exodus-the history behind the story. The biblical account of millions fleeing Egypt may be an exaggeration, but the exodus itself is not a myth.Friedman does not stop there. Known for his ability to make Bible scholarship accessible to readers, Friedman proceeds to reveal how much is at stake when we explore the historicity of the exodus. The implications, he writes, are monumental. We learn that it became the starting point of the formation of monotheism, the defining concept of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Moreover, we learn that it precipitated the foundational ethic of loving one's neighbors-including strangers-as oneself. He concludes, the actual exodus was the cradle of global values of compassion and equal rights today.

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