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A Statistical Approach to the Composition of the Pentateuch | Ex Libris

A Statistical Approach to the Composition of the Pentateuch | Ex Libris | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I came across a few articles by Israeli computer scientists Navot Akiva and Moshe Koppel, which take an empirical, statistical approach to examining the composition of multi-author works, like the Pentateuch.
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Unlocking the Secrets of the Philistines with New Cemetery Discovery | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Unlocking the Secrets of the Philistines with New Cemetery Discovery | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
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"The problem with the Sea Peoples link is that the Philistines are mentioned [14 times] in the Bible as being in Canaan... before the Sea Peoples arrive in Canaan in the conventional view (during the latter Judges period). Importantly, the Bible’s references to the Philistines go all the way back to the time of Abraham and Isaac around 1900 BC, they continue during the time of the Exodus and Conquest, and up through the time of the early judges. According to the Bible, the Philistines were in Canaan at least 700 years earlier than the Sea Peoples’ invasion when using standard chronology."
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Ancient Apiary on Display

Ancient Apiary on Display | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
While we know this refers to the land of Israel, what does “flowing with milk and honey” mean? A new exhibit at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel, looks at this question anew.
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"However, recent archaeological discoveries show that the ancient Israelites did indeed keep bees. This coupled with new readings of these Biblical passages have caused many to reevaluate this accepted interpretation. It seems that some of the 53 appearances of honey in the Hebrew Bible once thought to mean fruit honey actually mean bee’s honey."
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Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai - Biblical Archaeology Society

Searching for Biblical Mt. Sinai - Biblical Archaeology Society | Exodus studies | Scoop.it

"Where is Mt. Sinai? At a 2013 colloquium in Israel, an international group of scholars debated the question. At the center of the debate was Har Karkom, a mountain ridge in the Negev Desert that archaeologist Emmanuel Anati believes to be the Biblical Mt. Sinai. Or could Mt. Sinai be in Saudia Arabia, where Moses was thought to have fled after escaping Egypt? In “Where Is Mount Sinai? The Case for Har Karkom and the Case for Saudia Arabia” in the March/April 2014 issue of BAR, Hershel Shanks examines these candidates."

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play it again, Hershel
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The Exodus: Fact or Fiction? - Biblical Archaeology Society

The Exodus: Fact or Fiction? - Biblical Archaeology Society | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
Does archaeological evidence connect with Israel’s Exodus from Egypt—a central event in the Bible?
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not much light shed... but the current state of opinion anyway
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Mitzpe Ramon, Israel - Time Lapse

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This is also a Wilderness Wanderings site
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negev desert timelapse

Dedicated to the best region in Israel, the Negev desert. I put only few videos of this region but there is so much to see, especially if you have 4WD vehicle or ...
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See Har Karkom at 00.45-1.00 min
Deb Hurn's comment, April 19, 2016 3:04 AM
Note that there is considerable vegetation in many of the wadis of the Negev, even after 3500 yrs of degradation. This demonstrates that the Israelites would have been able to support themselves and their flocks by spreading out amongst all the water-sources in the Negev over the course of the 40 years' wanderings.
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Flight over the God mountain - Anati

Flight over the God mountain by Prof Emmanuel Anati - background music by Ayal Shimshon - "Days of the Messiah" מוזיקה- אייל שימשון -...

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Is Mt. Karkom The Biblical Mt. Sinai - The Mountain of God?

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Support Israel - Keren Hayesod UIA | Facebook

Support Israel - Keren Hayesod UIA | Facebook | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
KH-UIA HELPS SPREAD WINGS OVER THE NEGEV
The bird cage ovelooking the Negev desert was sprung open. One after another five large vultures jumped out,...
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and just for a Negev fix...

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Nomadic tent shrines and stone temples - Deseret News

Nomadic tent shrines and stone temples - Deseret News | Exodus studies | Scoop.it

A very old, little mosque in the United Arab Emirates offers insights into the transition between Israel's "tabernacle in the wilderness" and the grand temple of Solomon.

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"Since nomadic tribes tend to wander seasonally through the same pastureland each year, some of these open-air nomad shrines might become centers of annual nomad pilgrimage for tribal festivals."

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The Ancient Bean Diet: Fava Beans Favored in Prehistoric Israel

The Ancient Bean Diet: Fava Beans Favored in Prehistoric Israel | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
A study of the remains of ancient beans in the Galilee region of prehistoric Israel indicates that legumes, especially fava beans, made up a substantial part of the Neolithic diet.
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<< “Despite the importance of cereals in nutrition that continues to this day, it seems that in the region we examined (west of the Jordan River), it was the legumes—full of flavor and protein—[that] were actually the first species to be domesticated.”>>

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Tel Gezer Water System Built by Canaanites? BAS

Tel Gezer Water System Built by Canaanites? BAS | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
The keyhole-shaped entrance of the water system at Tel Gezer.
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If the MBA was Israelite, not Canaanite, then this fits with 1Ki 9:15-19:

 

"And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife. And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether, And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land, And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion." 

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Paramount In Development With “Ten Commandments” Remake | The Tracking Board

Paramount In Development With “Ten Commandments” Remake | The Tracking Board | Exodus studies | Scoop.it

"The film will, not surprisingly, center around the Exodus story of Moses, and his leading the Jewish people out of Egypt, freeing them from the oppressive rule of the Pharaoh Ramses. Producers are eyeing a writer-director who can give a different take than previous incarnations of the timeless tale."

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Dead Sea: amazing natural phenomenon - salt cubes

Cubes of salt washed up on the shore in the Deadsea (Israel Dead sea, Deadsea) Dead sea (from wikipedia): also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake borderin
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"Now we are making our temple." :-)

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The Role of Biblical Archaeology in Exegesis: An interview with Professor Israel Finkelstein, Part 2

The Role of Biblical Archaeology in Exegesis: An interview with Professor Israel Finkelstein, Part 2 | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
Manetho had already known about the Exodus tradition, so I doubt whether his work can help solve the riddle of Exodus. As far as I can judge, the Exodus traditions [...]
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"As far as I can judge, the Exodus traditions represent an accumulation of traditions and memories, from different periods. The old core could have been the expulsion of Canaanites from the Nile Delta in the 16th century BCE, but there are other, later layers in the story. For instance, the geographical description of the Delta, as it appears in the text, represents the knowledge of authors in the 7th to 6th centuries BCE, which was the Saite period in Egypt. On the other hand, the Exodus tradition already appears in the eighth-century BCE prophecies of Hosea and Amos. All this demonstrates how complex this issue is."
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A timely reminder of the Exodus: Ancient Egyptian scarab seal found near Haifa

A timely reminder of the Exodus: Ancient Egyptian scarab seal found near Haifa | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
“The owner of this scarab filled a similar position to that held by Joseph in Egypt after he interpreted Pharaoh's dreams,” says co-head of the Tel Dor archaeology site.
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Postcard from Israel - Mitzpe Ramon

Postcard from Israel - Mitzpe Ramon Video by Asi Aivas for ISRAEL21c Production by Viva Sarah Press for ISRAEL21c Visit ISRAEL21c's Social Media Channels
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Postcard from Israel – Sde Boker

Postcard from Israel – Sde Boker | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
It’s not hard to see why David Ben-Gurion chose this southern piece of paradise as his forever home.
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Deb Hurn's comment, April 19, 2016 2:56 AM
Lot of shots of Nahal (Wadi) Zin from the top of Ma'ale Zin (the ascent/pass)... the Early Israelites passed through here, and also through En Avdat (the white canyon) on their wanderings in the wildernesses south of Canaan.
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Everything you know about the Bible could be wrong

Everything you know about the Bible could be wrong | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
Archaeologists and mathematicians in Israel have unearthed evidence that could suggest key biblical texts were composed earlier than previously thought.
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Even with the standard (wrong) chronology, this is apparent.
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"Moses Did Not Sleep Here! A Critical Look at Sensational Exodus and Mt Sinai Theories": Lecture - James Hoffmeier & Stephen Moshier

Lecture by James Hoffmeier and Stephen Moshier "Moses Did Not Sleep Here! A Critical Look at Sensation Exodus and Mt Sinai Theories" Given on Saturday Januar...
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Patterns of Evidence - Exodus - FULL Documentary

The full movie of Patterns of Evidence - Exodus. Patterns of Evidence is a 2015 documentary film about new archaeological findings and theories believed to b...

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Are Biblical Hermeneutics the New Tower of Babel? - Huff Post

Are Biblical Hermeneutics the New Tower of Babel? - Huff Post | Exodus studies | Scoop.it

An assessment of contemporary Christian reading patterns of the Hebrew Bible can be roughly divided into two primary schools of thoughts...

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What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt?

What Is Coptic and Who Were the Copts in Ancient Egypt? | Exodus studies | Scoop.it
WHAT IS COPTIC, AND WHO WERE THE COPTS? Dated to the fourth–fifth century C.E., the Codex Grazier is written in the Coptic language—the fifth and final stage of ancient Egyptian language—and contains part of the Book of Acts (Acts 1:1–15:3).What is...
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<<Egypt’s Coptic period—also called Egypt’s Christian period—lasted 500 years, from the fourth century to the ninth century C.E., when the majority of Egypt’s population was Christian. The major shift in religion—from the old Egyptian religion to Christianity—occurred in Egypt between 200 and 400 C.E. This change was undoubtedly accelerated when Constantine declared Christianity a legal religion in 313 C.E.>>

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Emmanuel Anati - Har Karkom: Archaeological Discoveries on a Holy Mountain in the Desert of Exodus - UCSD Exodus Conference

UCSD EXODUS CONFERENCE "Out of Egypt: Israel's Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination" May 31 -- June 1, 2013 Qualcomm Institute @ Calit2 Au...
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