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Exodus: The True Story Behind the Biblical Account Hardcover – May, 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st U.S. ed edition (May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062509691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062509697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA Scientific data and archaeological accounts concerning recent theories and arguments relating to the historical foundations of the Biblical Exodus. Wilson pulls together a wide range of modern investigations and speculations which attempt to identify, among other things, the ruling pharaoh; the various locations of the Biblical terrain; and the dating of the Hebrews' arrival in Egypt. Using such contemporary evidence as the Mount St. Helens eruption, Wilson weaves the geological details with the historical to create a fascinating account of how and why the Exodus story took place. Whether or not Wilson's carefully crafted account is the true story behind the Biblical account, this well-illustrated volume makes revealing supplementary reading about historical and religious subjects. Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Wilson weaves the geological details with the historical to create a fascinating account of how and why the Exodus story took place." Mary Gerrity

Hebrews Exodus from Egypt:
There is perhaps no other scriptural tradition so central to the recontruction of Israel's history ...than the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. ... Yet to the historian it remains the most elusive of all the salient events of Israelite history. The event is supposed to have taken place in Egypt, yet Egyptlan sources know it not.
"Current Egyptology and Archaeology deny that there was an Exodus. Instead, they say that this is a confused memory of the Expulsion of the Hyksos from Egypt. Archaeologists Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman agree with Egyptologist Donald B. Redford that there was no Exodus. Redford and Finkelstein say that the geographical place-names in Biblical accounts are reliable for the 7th & 6th centuries BC, but not for earlier times, showing that it cannot be regarded as a "history" of those earlier times." Peter Myers

Exodus in Egypt's Memory:
The author of the earliest non-biblical account of the exodus is by Hectaeus, a Hellenist who came to Alexandria about 320 BCE, according to Jan Assmann. The Egyptian version begins with a ravaging plague in Egypt, interpreted by the priesthood as a divine punishment for the presence of aliens, whose rites and customs has infiltrated worship. They were expelled under their leader Moses.
Lysimachos, 2nd century BCE, begins his story with a famine, that the priestly oracle ordered the Pharaoh to cleanse Egypt from impious settlers, a reference to the Jews who sought refuge from leprosy. The Pharaoh gave orders to drown the lepers, and expel the Hebrews, who gathered around Moses into the desert.
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