The Origins of Biblical Israel
By Nahum M. Sarna
Schocken Books Inc, Paperback, 9780805210637, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 1996
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Sarna examines 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 the 1996 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.
"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