Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel - eBook
Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel - eBook  -     By: Nahum M. Sarna
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Schocken
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780307760692
ISBN-13: 9780307760692

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The book of Exodus records the pivotal events in the formation of biblical Israel—the deliverance from slavery, the leadership of Moses, the wilderness wanderings, and the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Bible scholar Nahum Sarna, whose widely praised Understanding Genesis has become a standard text, examines and illuminates 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 this 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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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


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    Any book by Dr. Nahum Sarna is well worth reading. He is a world class scholar of the Bible. Exploring Exodus is fundamental to a scholarly understanding of the Book of Exodus. This is combined with serious understanding and respect of traditional Jewish commentators.

    His Understanding Genesis came first in the series and is also highly recommended for a real of understanding of the Book of Genesis. It is always helpful to read a book in accordance with what is really there and not just with preconceived notions.

    Dr. Sarna is a master teacher. Read him and learn.
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