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By Carol Meyers

This remark perspectives Exodus as a cultural record, holding the collective stories of the Israelites and bearing on them to the most important associations and ideology that emerged by way of the top of the time of the Hebrew Bible. it's meant to assist the reader keep on with the tale line of Exodus, comprehend its socio-cultural context, get pleasure from its literary good points, realize its significant topics and values, and likewise observe its interpretive and ethical difficulties. Carol Meyers explains very important thoughts and phrases as expressed within the Hebrew unique in order that those that be aware of Hebrew in addition to those that don't should be in a position to stick to the textual content.

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One is to indicate why the specific information in the narratives of exodus and Sinai remain outside the realm of verifiable history. The second is to show how the broad strokes of the exodus narrative might nevertheless reflect the past that can be recovered from primary sources other than the Hebrew Bible. Archaeology in its most inclusive terms – as a way to recover both artifactual and written remains – is the tool for this enterprise. Such remains constitute independent primary sources from the period the text seems to describe.

The collective past shaped in the mnemohistory of Exodus would one day, toward the end ofthe first millennium BCE, become canonical. 16 embedded in Israel's recollection of exodus, including the notion ofthe worship of one god, did not become all pervasive. It took another impending and then actual rupture, that of destruction and exile, to revive the importance of the exodus story as a unifying force in the struggle to maintain identity. ; FORMATION AND STRUCTURE were organized into the emerging canon of the Pentateuch, Moses emerges as the authoritative figure for those combined traditions.

The bondage of the Israelites in Egypt would be one form of compulsory state labor. Foreigners, whether prisoners-of-war or destitute immigrants, or even groups of local residents could be placed in work companies to carry out building projects or to serve in other labor-intensive industries. 9 10 11 Umberto Cassuto, Commentary on the Book of Exodus (trans. Israel Abrahams; Jerusalem: Magnes Press at the Hebrew University, 1983; odp 1951), 12. Moses I. Finlcy (Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology [New York: Viking, 1980], 67-92) describes the emergence of slave societies, to be distinguished from societies in which there were slaves.

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