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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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A masterpiece of historical research distillation

Dr. Friedman does justice to one of the greatest mysteries of all time. He carefully presents as much of the available evidence as humanly possible to lay out before readers, and presents his opinion only after all of the facts have been explained objectively.
My hope after reading this eye opening and mind bending book, is that scholars and lay people of all backgrounds rethink their bias about historical evidence, and allow all fields of science and research on the ancient world to tell their own story. Even if the story is a familiar one from a library of scriptures that have been brutally molested and misused over the last 3 millennia.
Friedman’s writing style keeps readers engaged and has you (well, me at least) hanging on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next shred of history to be uncovered.
Regardless of what one may believe about the Exodus, religiously, historically, scholastically, or personally, it has compelling and interpersonal importance that is expressly relevant in today’s global culture.
Thank you Dr. Friedman for your hard work, and thank you to anyone who decides to read this fantastic work of scholarship.

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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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Loved it!!!

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

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every bit is fascinating and approachable.

even a lay person will find this book easy to listen to. while academic in nature, it is written in a tone and style that everyone can understand. also, the narator/author is great on tape!

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What did you love best about The Exodus?

From a laypersons perspective.......Friedman did a great job of providing some well needed context for this specific amd critical section of the Torah in the Old Testament.[WARNING: potential spoiler alert].He handles some very hard passages about gods and queens in a very meaningful way. I have seen fellow monotheists ignore this section or scratch their head and think, “why is this here?” or question the relevance.

For me personally, I thought this pulled in other deities (i.e. gods) and displayed why the plagues occurred and that the ”specific plagues” was God showing he is the one true God.

Yes, the above is probably highly debated but found this a good listen and piqued my latent understanding to dig further dig (no pun intended around archeology).....but he also did address the intersection and or conflict between letting scripture interpret scripture and/or the struggles with archeology being the substamtiating body of scripture

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exodus?

Monotheist and aetheists

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Oh and I must say ...... I really enjoy when the author reads their work as tone and inflection add true meaning to conveying their pursuit. Humbly this was so good I will probably actually buy the book amd read it as I have found this approach a strong reinforcememt to my lifelong adult learning.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think,reason amd actually want to dialogue more about the Old Testament.