Michael D. Coogan: Tricking Yahweh

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 99. Following the narrative of the call of Moses in chapters 3.1-4.17 is a short passage (4.24-26) oddly inconsistent with the larger plot. Moses has finally acceded to the divine command to return to Egypt and to... Continue Reading →

Using the Bible to Date the Exodus

When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. Hosea 11:1, NRSV The pivotal event in the history of ancient Israel is an event that has come to be called "the Exodus." The word exodus is a compound Greek word from the preposition ek meaning "out of" and hodos meaning "way" or... Continue Reading →

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