Monthly Archives: December 2017

Where did the Amarna era habiru come from?

Rebellions and disturbances in Canaan built to a crescendo late in the Amarna period. Gangs of habiru may have played a role in these rebellions and disturbances. But it is hard to know just what that role was and who … Continue reading

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Annual family Christmas Letter-2017

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all from Dave & Betty Corder. First, for this season of miracles: In April our daughter-in-law, Theresa had life-saving open-heart surgery. It was a long, tense day. She had suffered an … Continue reading

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Friedman-the exodus of priests

Having read Richard Elliott Friedman’s The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Matters, I am both appreciative and disappointed. I appreciate his argument that the exodus event does not depend on huge numbers of people leaving Egypt.  His theory … Continue reading

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Friedman-did love really trump hate?

Richard Elliot Friedman’s book, The Exodus has the subtitle, How it Happened and Why it Matters. How it happened, according to him, was that the Levites were the people Moses led out of Egypt.  This means that “all Israel” was … Continue reading

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Friedman-did God evolve?

Here is another post about Richard Elliott Friedman’s book, The Exodus. Friedman is vexed that there is no consensus among scholars about the dating of biblical texts.  He was taught by Frank Moore Cross and David Noel Freedman.  They used … Continue reading

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Friedman-where Moses (and God) came from

Was Moses a Hebrew, an Egyptian, or a Midianite?  In The Exodus, Richard Elliott Friedman deals with this in connection with the origin of monotheism. As the story now stands in Exodus with the various sources now combined, Moses was … Continue reading

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Friedman-the Levites as the people of the Exodus

I am posting about Richard Elliott Friedman’s new book The Exodus. Two old poems give primitive information that relates to the Exodus. One of them, which does not have anything straight forward to do with the Exodus is the Song … Continue reading

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