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Israel in EgyptThe Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition$
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James K. Hoffmeier

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130881.001.0001

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The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate

The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate

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Israel in Egypt

James K. Hoffmeier

Oxford University Press

The old consensus regarding Israel's entry into Canaan, as the book of Joshua claims, has been largely abandoned because the archaeological record has not corroborated a literal interpretation and because, in the view of historical minimalists, the nature of the biblical sources is not historiographic but ideological and etiological. The purpose of this book is not to concentrate on the problem of when and under what conditions Israel entered Canaan, but rather to investigate seriously the sojourn narratives from the vantage point of Egypt. However, because of the link the Bible makes between these events, the Exodus and Joshua materials are inseparable. The book examines some of the key developments from the 1980s to the present, and evaluates them before looking at the biblical data on the Egyptian sojourn–exodus tradition. That the Israelites were pastoral Canaanites is a new development, which must be examined here.

Keywords:   Israel, Canaan, Joshua, sojourn narratives, Egypt, Bible, Exodus, Israelites, pastoral Canaanites

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