The role of Egypt in the Old Testament, particularly the Pentateuch, is a significant one. John Currid's Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament offers an in-depth study of that role sheds valuable light on this important aspect of Israel's history and Scriptures.
After surveying the scholarly interest in Egypt and the Bible and highlighting the uniqueness of the Hebrew worldview, Currid proceeds through the Old Testament canonically, showing Egyptian influences throughout. He explores the creation story, Joseph narrative, Serpent confrontation, ten plagues, route of the Exodus, Solomon's contacts with Egypt, the relationship of Hebrew poetry to Egyptian wisdom literature, and the links between Hebrew prophecy and Egyptian magic and soothsaying. The result is an enlightening guide to Egyptian influences on Israelite history.
Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament will serve as a text in courses on archaeology and the Old Testament, Old Testament history, and Old Testament backgrounds.
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Review 1 for Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament
Excellent even for the ignorant
Date:June 18, 2014
Though I have an MDiv, I knew next to nothing about Ancient Egypt before reading this book. Other than tidbits I picked up along the way (some of which were erroneous), I was a complete ignoramus when it came to Egyptology. In that light, Currid's book is nothing short of amazing. It's obviously super-scholarly; probably half the footnotes cite French or German obscure archaeology journals. That being said, it is clearly-written, captivating, enjoyable, none-too-long, and extremely illuminating for so much of the Old Testament. Next time I preach Genesis or Exodus or 1 Kings, I'll be shamelessly relying on this resource. I'd strongly recommend it to all pastors. My only quibble is the price. It's a bit expensive for a softcover book just over 200 pages.
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Review 2 for Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament
A wonderful resource
Date:April 30, 2011
Dr Currid has written an excellent resource for those interested in the relationship between Egypt and Israel. This book is outstanding because Dr Currid starts with the Bible and then brings in cultural analysis to explain hidden gems. This resource has gone beyond my expectations and has far exceeded anything I thought I was getting. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in this field.