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Author: Richard Elliott Friedman Narrator: Richard Elliott Friedman Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781538461426
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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 bestselling 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 readers, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In fluent prose…Friedman makes a gripping and persuasive case that it was the Levites who escaped Egypt and carried the story of the Exodus into Canaan, teaching us one of Judaism’s foundational ethics: not to oppress the stranger because we were once oppressed.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Compelling, revealing, and fascinating.”

    Faith Matters

  • “By investigating verses from the Bible, evaluating inscriptions, incorporating material from archeological excavations, and assessing relevant historical data, Friedman builds his case that a small contingent of Levites were the actual group to leave Egypt…Readers with a strong interest in the Bible will appreciate Friedman’s exploration.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A treasure! The Exodus is not only an argument for the reality behind the exodus story, but is itself a revelation.”

    Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University

  • “Centuries of scholarship masterfully woven together, and intertwined with brilliant insights and observations.”

    Avraham Faust, professor at the Institute of Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University

  • “May be the most compelling answer to one of the most important ancient puzzles in world history.”

    Thomas E. Levy, Distinguished Professor and Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at University of California, San Diego

  • A New York Times Pick of the Week

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About the Author

Richard Elliott Friedman is one of the premier bible scholars in the country and a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of Georgia. He is the author of the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible? as well as The Hidden Face of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, Commentary on the Torah, The Bible with Sources Revealed, and The Exile and Biblical Narrative. He lives in Athens, Georgia.