Tag Archives: James K. Hoffmeier

A leap to monotheism

I do not have time to do another post on my reading project today.  But here is something I want to call your attention to.  James K. Hoffmeier makes what I think is a very good point about the so-called … Continue reading

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Israelites with Egyptian names

At this juncture of 2018/19 I think back over the books I have been reading. I think that three books I have read recently converge on the reality that several names of Levites in the Bible appear to be Egyptian. … Continue reading

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Korah and the bald priests

In Numbers 16 and 17 we find the story of the rebellion of Korah. Actually, critics distinguish two stories that someone has spliced together. There is the rebellion of Korah against Moses and Aaron, which was an issue within the … Continue reading

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Hoffmeier-what Moses might have said

In this post and the next one I will evaluate some historical conclusions of Hoffmeier and Gnuse. Hoffmeier, in Ancient Israel in Sinai, defends the idea that Moses wrote most of the Pentateuch.  So there was no Yahwist or Elohist, … Continue reading

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Assuming the exodus happened–where and when?

They traveled from Etham, and turned back to Pihahiroth, which is before Baal Zephon: and they encamped before Migdol (Numbers 33:7 WEB). Before I move on to more about the books I have been reading by James Hoffmeier and Robert … Continue reading

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Gnuse and Hoffmeier-the mystery mountain

Both Robert Karl Gnuse and James Hoffmeier deal with the question of the location of Sinai/Horeb.  Gnuse, in The Elohist,  says that in E the operative phrase is the “mountain of God.”  Horeb, he thinks, has become attached to this … Continue reading

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Hoffmeier-geography and reality

One difference between James K. Hoffmeier in Ancient Israel in Sinai and scholars with a minimalist tendency concerns the names of places in the Pentateuch. Minimalists explain the place names in Numbers 33 and elsewhere as reflecting the 6th century … Continue reading

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