- Hardcover: 265 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books UK (31 July 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879755059
- ISBN-13: 978-0879755058
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,641,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
As a readable introduction to the history and archaeology of Israelite origins, with a lot of background information on Egypt and Palestine in the second half of the 2nd millenium BC, this work is recommended to anyone interested in near-Eastern ancient history or Old Testament biblical studies.
Several helpful tables are included where the evidence is visually summarized. Readers can even draw their own conclusions of the evidence and check off each item that matches or does not match the Bible.
The only weakness in Stiebing's book appears when he covers the possibility of a 15th century BCE Exodus. Rather than have most of the arguments and evidence in one chapter or area, they appear in different sections throughout his book. This makes it difficult for the reader to decide whether the Exodus was possible during this period.
While Stiebing is of the opinion that there was no Exodus, a careful study of the archaeology he presents shows otherwise...
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