- Paperback: 227 pages
- Publisher: Lightcatcher Books; Rev Exp edition (30 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971938873
- ISBN-13: 978-0971938878
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Riddle of the Exodus: Startling Parallels Between Ancient Jewish Sources And the Egyptian Archaeological Record Paperback – 30 May 2006
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A year ago, a Rabbi in Los Angeles told his congregation (during Passover) that there was not a shred of evidence to prove the historical reality of the Exodus - which is the cornerstone for Judaism. Jim Long has found more than enough evidence from both Egyptian and Jewish sources - and their comparative data, to satisfy hard-core skeptics! While there is no lack of Jewish
Scholarship in the world and while one would imagine that proving the historicity of the Exodus would be a high piority for the academic community - it is interesting to me that this extraordinary documentation has been done by a non-Jew and a self-taught archeologist! The book is simply written, but the material is powerful enough to start a spiritual revolution.
With this subject, it would be easy to become burdened with details, but the author does an amazing job pulling his original information together in a way that is easy to understand and fun to read. I couldn't put this book down!
The author's personal knowledge and interest in this subject is impressive. To his credit, the author doesn't force his opinions on the reader--he leaves it up to the reader to draw his or her own conclusions from the material presented. The author appears to tie together and factually confirm the stories of the plagues, the parting of the sea of reeds, and the almost instantaneous fall of Egypt as a world power by comparing the ancient writings of the Hebrews and Egyptians in a way that is most convincing. The research on the timelines of the Egyptian pharohs is fascinating.
This book is of major historical importance, and should not be overlooked by anyone interested in the story of the Exodus.
The author's site can be found at:
Long has certainly made a prima facie case that the Exodus triggered the demise of Egypt's Golden Age and the end of the Sixth Dynasty. Three years have passed since this book was written. To my knowledge there has been no rebuttal. I suspect the skeptics would prefer to ignore this powerful challenge, because they cannot win a debate on the merits.
It is a shame that so many have allowed their faith to be shaken by the dogmatic pronouncements of liberal "scholars" who are afraid to engage in public debate.
Long's discussion of the various Egyptian sources relating to Joseph and the Ten Plagues from Exodus is memorable and clear; his review and insights about the chronology of the Egyptian dynasties is solid and important world history. He clears away alot of outworn theory...
All high school and college ancient history classes should be studying this book with its discussion of records like "The admonitions of an Egyptian Sage", the Moab stone inscription about the tribe of Gad and Israelite dynasties of Omri and Yehu to see how much basic knowledge there is readily to be had.
This book has a friendly style whose eye-opening discussion could change education, history and even impact politics in a healthy way.
A very important and beautifully designed book.