The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate

James K. Hoffmeier

in Israel in Egypt

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195130881
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853403 | DOI:
The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate

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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

Chapter.  14134 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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