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Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to the mystery of the exodus. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account. 
Like a detective on an intricate case no one has yet solved, pioneering Bible scholar and best-selling author of Who Wrote the Bible? Richard Elliott Friedman cuts through the noise - the serious studies and the wild theories - merging new findings with new insight. From a spectrum of disciplines, state-of-the-art archaeological breakthroughs, and fresh discoveries within scripture, he brings real evidence of a historical basis for the exodus - the history behind the story. The biblical account of millions fleeing Egypt may be an exaggeration, but the exodus itself is not a myth. 
Friedman does not stop there. Known for his ability to make Bible scholarship accessible to audiences, Friedman proceeds to reveal how much is at stake when we explore the historicity of the exodus. The implications, he writes, are monumental. We learn that it became the starting point of the formation of monotheism, the defining concept of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Moreover, we learn that it precipitated the foundational ethic of loving one's neighbors - including strangers - as oneself. He concludes, the actual exodus was the cradle of global values of compassion and equal rights today.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2017 Richard Elliott Friedman (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph E. on 05-12-18

The work of an impressive scholar...

This book is indicative of Dr. Friedman's work - take on a subject which has been covered by many other scholars, research the matter himself and provide a thoroughly well-reasoned, independent view, not weighed down by the opinions of the "crowd"...to say that this book was enjoyable on several levels is to speak the truth but to also understate its importance to the field of biblical scholarship...

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By E M. on 04-13-18

Loved it!!!

This book is amazing, just like his other book, Who Wrote The Bible. Absolutely brilliant!!!

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