The Exodus: How It Happened And Why It Matters by Richard Elliott FriedmanThe Exodus: How It Happened And Why It Matters by Richard Elliott Friedman

The Exodus: How It Happened And Why It Matters

byRichard Elliott Friedman

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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Discover the real history of the Exodus and why it matters.

Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to it.  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 archeological 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.


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 Reveale...
Title:The Exodus: How It Happened And Why It MattersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062565249

ISBN - 13:9780062565242

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! This is a fantastic and thoroughly compelling book. In this monograph, Friedman argues three things: (1) The exodus happened, but it was particularly the Levites in Israel who made their exodus out of Egypt and united with the Israelites in Israel, (2) The exodus was what really commenced the rise of monotheism in world history, and (3) This gave rise to the biblical command of loving your neighbor and foreigner as yourself, since God told the Israelite's they were to do this since they "were aliens in the land of Egypt". Although I do not necessarily think it was the Levites themselves who made the exodus (this was my opinion beforehand), Friedman makes a significantly compelling case. And after establishing the exodus, he addresses almost literally everything, and makes so many important insights that it's hard to even think of anything but loving Friedman for telling us all this. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-11-27

Editorial Reviews

“[Friedman] does a magnificent job of bringing important ideas from the academy to a broad readership. Friedman upends widely repeated but erroneous beliefs about the origin of the Israelites.”