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Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Traditions

James K. Hoffmeier


For the past two decades, the nature of ancient Israel’s origins has been debated heatedly. Much of this debate has concentrated on part of the book of Exodus and the book of Joshua. Little attention, however, has been given to the wilderness tradition, for example, the episodes set in Sinai (Exodus 16 through Numbers 20). The current study investigates the importance of the wilderness tradition to ancient Israel’s religious and social formation. The location of Mt. Sinai, Israel’s law or covenant, and the possible Egyptian origins of Israel’s desert sanctuary, the tabernacle, are explored in ... More

Keywords: covenant, Egyptian archaeology, Exodus, the book of, the exodus, origins of Israel, Mt. Sinai, sojourn in Egypt, Sinai, Torah, tabernacle, wilderness tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195155464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/0195155467.001.000


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James K. Hoffmeier, author
Trinity International University
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