Exploring Exodus: The Heritage of Biblical Israel

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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.

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Nahum M. Sarna is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. Author of Understanding Genesis and On the Book of Psalms, he is an editor and translator of the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Bible.

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Sarna, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Brandeis University, explores the key book of the Hebrew Bible in this excellent commentary and analysis. Major topics, including the commissioning of Moses, the Passover and Exodus from Egypt, and the theophany at Sinai are expertly handled. Sarna presents a strong case for positing Mosaic monotheism (not henotheism) for the period, discounting the Kenite theory and the Aten heresy as having little if any influence on Mosaic religion. The strongest feature of the study is his insistence on the uniqueness of the Mosaic faith among coeval religious developments. This sequel to his Understanding Genesis (Schocken, 1970) is highly recommended for general collections. Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
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