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'Deep is the well of the past': Reconsidering the origins of the Exodus motif in its cultural context

Raik Heckl

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 34, No 2 (2013), 6 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v34i2.806

Submitted: 22 October 2012
Published:  04 September 2013

Abstract

The article shows, that the stories of the Patriarchs as well as the Exodus-story are allochthonous traditions of origin. We find comparable stories in the neighboring cultures of Israel. Egypt as origin of human culture was of utmost importance in the Levant. Herodotus reports a myth of origin of the Phoenicians which is of particular interest in this respect. As far as it can be seen there are affinities between this tradition and the Exodus motif from the Hebrew Bible. This raises the question if we should read the Biblical traditions as part of the comprehensive cultural context of the Levant.

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Raik Heckl, Department of Protestant Theology, University of Tuebingen, Germany; Department of Old Testment Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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