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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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Joseph in Egypt

Joseph in Egypt

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Israel in Egypt

James K. Hoffmeier

Oxford University Press

The Joseph story became a testing ground to determine whether Egyptology had anything to contribute to Pentateuchal studies. This chapter does not offer a complete history of the investigation of the Joseph story, nor does it present an exhaustive Egyptological analysis of the Egyptian backgrounds to the narrative. A major monograph would be required to accomplish this task. However, inasmuch as the Joseph story is central to the “Egypt in Israel” tradition, the chapter is obliged to pay attention to this remarkable narrative. Consequently, the chapter is limited to a brief sketch of some of the key works that have integrated Egyptological data with the Genesis material, a discussion of some recent form- and literary-critical developments, and a summary of the most compelling Egyptian data, including some new material. Some conclusions are then drawn.

Keywords:   Joseph, Egyptology, Egypt, Israel, Genesis, Pentateuchal studies

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