Saturday, January 06, 2007

Update: Archaeology of the Exodus

In the current issue of BAR (33/1 for January/February 2007), James K. Hoffmeier has a very interesting article summarizing the current state of knowledge on the archaeological context of the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt. One of the objections you sometimes here to the historicity of an exodus is that Egyptian forts controlling the Sinai would have prevented it from ever happening. Hoffmeier, who has been excavating at one of those forts (Tel el-Borg) maps out in this article how the Hebrews' route could have avoided these dangers. I don't want to violate any copyrights, so let me stop there and recommend the article to you.

I have made the following teaching slide showing Hoffmeier's proposed route of the Exodus from Egypt (click to enlarge):

The Exodus Route

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