Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament /
John D. Currid ; foreword by Kenneth A. Kitchen.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, c1997.
269 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
0801021375 (pbk.)
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, c1997.
0801021375 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-252) and indexes.
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"John Currid has written an excellent study of the Egyptian background of certain parts of the Old Testament. The author has read widely and commented judiciously on a number of very interesting topics, such as the itinerary of the Israelites as they fled Egypt, the plagues, Solomon's marriage to an Egyptian princess, the invasion of pharaoh Shishak, and comparisons with Egyptian wisdom literature."--Edwin Yamauchi, Miami University "Professor Currid has provided a thorough, stimulating, and informed study of the many ways that the world of ancient Egypt can illumine the pages of the Old Testament. Those who take seriously the importance of reading the Old Testament in light of its cultural context will welcome his balanced assessment of the data. This is a valuable tool for background studies."--John H. Walton, Moody Bible Institute
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An enlightening guide to Egyptian influences on Israelite history. Includes illustrations.
Main Description
In 1872 August Eisenlohr observed, 'It has long been the object of Egyptologists to discover in the numerous Egyptian monuments still remaining in stone and papyrus, traces of the Israelites, which might show us the events related in the Old Testament from an Egyptian point of view.' Much has changed since Eisenlohr uttered those words. Many scholars today maintain a less judicious approach, arguing that there was little contact between Egypt and the Bible.This volume will argue vigorously against that prevailing minimalistic approach. The reality is that we do not give the biblical writers enough credit for their knowledge of the ancient Near East and of Egypt in particular. A primary aim of this book is to show many firm point of contact between Egypt and the Bible on a variety of levels.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. 8
Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Abbreviationsp. 15
Egypt and the Biblep. 23
Cosmologies of the Ancient Near Eastp. 33
Egyptian Elements in the Pentateuch
The Egyptian and Genesis Cosmogoniesp. 53
Potiphar's Standing in Egyptian Societyp. 74
The Egyptian Setting of the Serpent Confrontationp. 83
An Exegetical and Historical Consideration of the Ten Plagues of Egyptp. 104
The Travel Itinerary of the Hebrews from Egyptp. 121
The Egyptian Complexion of the Bronze Serpentp. 142
Contacts between Israel and Egypt in the Historical Books
Egyptian Influence on the United Monarchyp. 159
Shishak's Invasion of Palestine at the Beginning of the Divided Monarchyp. 172
Egyptian Wisdom Literature and the Poetical Books
The "Instruction of Amenemope" and the Book of Proverbsp. 205
Egyptian and Israelite Prophecy
Knowing the Divine Will: The Art of Divination in Ancient Egyptp. 219
Hebrew Prophecies against Egypt: The Nile Curse Passagesp. 229
Bibliography (1973-95)p. 247
Scripture Indexp. 253
Subject Indexp. 259
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