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Out of the desert? : archaeology and the Exodus/Conquest narratives
Stiebing, William H.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [1989]

Physical Description:
265 pages : maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1500 Lexile.
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BS680.E9 S84 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Discusses archaeological evidence concerning the Israelites exodus from Egypt, and explains how Biblical events have been dated.

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This book is probably the best discussion so far of the numerous attempts to understand what happened at the Exodus and Conquest. Stiebing describes and criticizes all important scholarly arguments with care and accuracy. He clearly demonstrates the weakness of Ian Wilson's idea, presented in Exodus: The True Story Behind the Biblical Account (CH, Oct '86), that the Exodus was related to the volcanic eruption of Thera. In addition to his presentation of the archaeological, linguistic, and literary evidence from Egypt and Palestine related to the Exodus and Conquest, he also discusses important archaeological finds from the broader area of the Eastern Mediterranean basin. He argues that the Exodus and Conquest were part of a larger geographical situation that was involved in the collapse of the Late Bronze Age culture (1200 BCE) brought about by climatic change of drought leading to famine. The book is well documented and has a full bibliography and index. Anyone--scholar, pastor, priest, student, or layperson--wanting to study this important period in biblical history will have to start with Stiebing's book. The book is highly recommended for university, seminary, college, and public libraries. -L. A. Sinclair, Carroll College (WI)