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Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition [Kindle Edition]

James K. Hoffmeier
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Scholars of the Hebrew Bible have in the last decade begun to question the historical accuracy of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, as described in the book of Exodus. The reason for the rejection of the exodus tradition is said to be the lack of historical and archaeological evidence in Egypt. Those advancing these claims, however, are not specialists in the study of Egyptian history, culture, and archaeology. In this pioneering book, James Hoffmeier examines the most current Egyptological evidence and argues that it supports the biblical record concerning Israel in Egypt.


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"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University


"Israel in Egypt is one of those rare works that one cannot read without taking notes on nearly every page. For biblical scholars, who are seriously interested in the Exodus and the issues revolving around the historicity of the Bible, especially regarding the origins of Israel, Israel in Egypt could not be more highly recommended."--Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin


"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archaeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University


"This volume is a bold and important attempt to infuse the current debate with a reasoned appraisal of biblical, archaeological, and philological evidence. Hoffmeier is uniquely qualified to make such an attempt because he is one of the few scholars who can handle both the Egyptian evidence and the biblical materials."--Asbury Theological Journal


"This volume will become a classic text for a positive and conservative evaluation of the literary and archaeological evidence for the 'historicity' of the Israelites in Egypt."--Walter D. Zorn, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary


"This well-presented case brims with the type of knowledge most never bother to attain."--J. Julius Scott, Wheaton College


"The best and most good-spirited defense yet of the conservative position that takes the Biblical "Exodus-Conquest" narratives literally as history."--William G. Dever, University of Arizona


"Hoffmeier's study represents the fruit of many years of study in Egyptology and the Old Testament. The work is a substantial contribution to the ongoing discussion on the subject of Israel's presence in Egypt and represents a view that is in harmony with an appreciation of the Bible as a valuable historical source....This is an excellent volume for introducing the subject it covers."---Denver Journal


"Hoffmeier's book is an important contribution to the study of the Hebrew experience in Egypt. Its two major strengths are the author's powerful refutation of hyper-critical views on the narrative and his presentation of the latest Egyptological data."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society


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"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University


"Israel in Egypt is one of those rare works that one cannot read without taking notes on nearly every page. For biblical scholars, who are seriously interested in the Exodus and the issues revolving around the historicity of the Bible, especially regarding the origins of Israel, Israel in Egypt could not be more highly recommended."--Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin


"This is historical research at its best, with constant attention to primary sources...[Hoffmeier] retains a broad perspective and leaves no stone unturned in his quest to have the epigraphic and archaeological evidence shed light on the biblical record of Israel's sojourn in and exodus from Egypt."--Gary Rendsburg, Cornell University


"This volume is a bold and important attempt to infuse the current debate with a reasoned appraisal of biblical, archaeological, and philological evidence. Hoffmeier is uniquely qualified to make such an attempt because he is one of the few scholars who can handle both the Egyptian evidence and the biblical materials."--Asbury Theological Journal


"This volume will become a classic text for a positive and conservative evaluation of the literary and archaeological evidence for the 'historicity' of the Israelites in Egypt."--Walter D. Zorn, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary


"This well-presented case brims with the type of knowledge most never bother to attain."--J. Julius Scott, Wheaton College


"The best and most good-spirited defense yet of the conservative position that takes the Biblical "Exodus-Conquest" narratives literally as history."--William G. Dever, University of Arizona


"Hoffmeier's study represents the fruit of many years of study in Egyptology and the Old Testament. The work is a substantial contribution to the ongoing discussion on the subject of Israel's presence in Egypt and represents a view that is in harmony with an appreciation of the Bible as a valuable historical source....This is an excellent volume for introducing the subject it covers."---Denver Journal


"Hoffmeier's book is an important contribution to the study of the Hebrew experience in Egypt. Its two major strengths are the author's powerful refutation of hyper-critical views on the narrative and his presentation of the latest Egyptological data."--Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society



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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 18, 1997)
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127 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting support for the Exodus February 3, 2000
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This relatively slim but heavily footnoted volume by Professor Hoffmeier constitutes one of the most recent additions to the ongoing debate on ancient Israel's origins. The author begins with the proposition that while no direct archæological evidence for the Exodus has been discovered to date, indirect indications show the events transcribed to be plausible and therefore potentially historical--not to be dismissed merely because of the theme in which such stories are recorded emphasizes a religion which has many adherents even today.
The book begins with a critique of currently fashionable scholarship which minimizes the historical relevance of any portions in the Hebrew Bible relating to periods prior to the return from Babylonian exile. The first chapter explains the attractive fallacies in modern historical analysis such as the double standards applied regarding credibility of descriptive scriptural texts in contrast to the reception afforded to the supernatural bombast on official records of egotistical rulers.
Hoffmeier notes that scholarship tends to match the political tenor of the times--and that the current skepticism with authority leads to condescention regarding biblical texts. His brief overview of Joshua's conquest demonstrates that the paucity of late Bronze age dwellings with unambiguous burning does not contradict the accounts in Joshua 6-11.
Hoffmeier devotes the remainder of the book to address the particular intersections of Egypt and the period covered in Pentatuch. The text on the Merneptah stela identifies Israel for the first time as a people rather than a nation--indicating the early settlement period of a nomadic group and not indigenous cultural transformation among Canaanites.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Arguments April 14, 2000
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This book presents excellent overviews of the discussions revolving around the historicity of Genesis and Exodus. It is very even handed in its presentation of the different sides and when one or another argument is rejected a balanced and sound reason is given.
The conclusion of the book is that the Exodus story and surrounding events as told in the Hebrew Bible are compatable with the known historical facts of Egypt. The book isn't a propaganda piece for conservativism, but rather a well researched and scholarly volume. I highly recommend it.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for this subject November 28, 1999
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Unlike many other books on this controversial subject, like those by Redford, which tend to present only such material as supports their preconceived opinions, Hoffmeier presents highly documented data on all sides of the question. He avoids snide "put-downs" of intellectually questionable methodologies, allowing the reader to judge for himself how valid are some of the conclusions that are reached. The extensive bibliography makes this a source book of great value.
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47 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is historical evidence... November 28, 2004
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Note please that my rating should be discounted as I have not rated the book. However I can address two harsh criticisms of it by John J. Geyer "jgeyer1". In that review here at Amazon we read:

" If a rampaging army storms through Canaan destroying city after city one would expect that the remains of those cities would show appropriate destruction layers and that the diplomatic archives of the surrounding countries would notice. There is nothing. "

Actually there is a very much evidence of such destruction to be found in city after city in the Holy Land, albeit at layers not deemed appropriate for the commonly accepted historical era of Joshua's invasion.

However a quick google search on "Lisa Liel" or "Lisa JAH" will lead you to her website at [...]

Titled "Lisa's World", then click on "history", then "The Exodus in History" and scroll down to the chart of the Historical vs. the Biblical view of history of the Land of Israel".

Immediately above that chart we read: "A simple redating of the archaeological periods in the Land of Israel brings the entire scope of biblical history into synchronization with the ancient historical record. Only time will tell whether more archaeologists will follow Cohen and Anati in their slowly dawning recognition of the historicity of the Bible".

Pursuing the website in greater depth will quickly show you that the historical record is full of evidence, but again, that adjustment in dating mentioned is required.

John J. Geyer "jgeyer1" also wrote this criticism: "For the bottom line, as the author acknowledges repeatedly, is that there is NO evidence confirming ANY part of the Exodus story.
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James Hoffmeier is professor of Biblical Studies and Archaeology at Wheaton College. He has also written books such as Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition, The Archaeology of the Bible, The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible, Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, “The biblical stories about Israel’s origins in Egypt are so well known to people of Europe and the English-speaking world that one hardly has to rehearse the details… By and large, historians over the centuries have considered these individuals and the events in which they participated to be historical. The advent of archaeology and the deciphering of cuneiform inscriptions… [made] the fathers and mothers of Israel come alive… But subsequent investigations of these sites reversed earlier interpretations, and the evidence that originally appeared to confirm the stories concerning Israel’s origin was met instead by embarrassing silence; for some this implied the repudiation of the Hebrew tradition… direct evidence for the events and figures of Genesis and Exodus remains elusive… in the middle of the nineteenth century … many western scholars considered these tales to be sagas, legends, and etiologies, but not historical records.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent response and resource.
James K Hoffmeier's Israel in Egypt is a great archeological book. With the Exodus tradition being hammered by the minimalist critics of the Old Testament, it's time that these... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Matthew Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Stuff
Very dense material. Almost like a PhD document. Very heavy on the literary evidence. But lots of detail - that's what I was looking for.
Published 22 months ago by David Heathcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Air
The demand that we be good scholars, and that we check our sources, does not mean that we have to discount the Biblical text, or let cynicism rule our research. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gerald W. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on the Egyptian side of the Exodus account
A fresh look at the accounts of the Exodus from the perspective of an Egyptologist.

I don't agree with his perspective on the unreliability of scripture, but, other than... Read more
Published on August 30, 2010 by Peter Koziar
5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS A VERY THOROUGH TEXT FOR ANCIENT EGYPT AND ISRAEL
It is a text -plenty of information and references- for the relation between Andcient Egypt and Israel.
Published on February 10, 2010 by K. S. GIANNAKOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence supporting the Exodus tradition
In this book, James Hoffmeier brings to bear his double expertise in both Egyptology and Biblical scholarship to examine the latest evidence in support of the historicity of the... Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by C. L. Fluty
5.0 out of 5 stars Archeological correlation with the Bible
An excellent, readable and rational argument for the historicity of the Genesis,and Exodus stories of the Bible from an archeological view point.
Published on May 24, 2008 by M. Nicol
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite a dissapointlemt
I had hoped this book would finally provide some evidence for the belief that the ancient Hebrews were enslaved by Egypt and/or existed as a group in Egypt for any appreciable... Read more
Published on March 24, 2008 by Burrowing Owl
4.0 out of 5 stars The Exodus Route
Hoffmeier does an excellent job of discussing recent discoveries along the Egyptian Eastern Frontier Canal and its' fortifications. Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by Humes Houston Hart
2.0 out of 5 stars Not far enough
While his intent is laudable, he fails to go far enough in his research or thinking on the subject. For example, the idea that the plagues of Exodus were based on well-known,... Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by Grimmy
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James K. Hoffmeier (PhD, University of Toronto), who has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than thirty years, is now professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern archaeology at Trinity International University. Born and raised in Egypt, he has been a refugee from war and an alien in two different countries, making him sensitive to immigration issues.

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