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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Baines, John, and Jaromír Málek. Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Rev. ed. New York: Facts on File, 2000. A lavishly illustrated, invaluable introduction, with detailed discussions of geography, history, sites, and daily life.

Dothan, Trude, and Moshe Dothan. People of the Sea: The Search for the Philistines. New York: Macmillan, 1992. A personal, popular account by two Israeli archaeologists of their decades of research into the Philistines and related archaeological discoveries at a number of important sites.

Frerichs, Ernest S., and Leonard H. Lesko, eds. Exodus: The Egyptian Evidence. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1997. Six papers by well-known scholars provide a useful overview of recent thinking on the Exodus and Israelite settlement, with extensive bibliographies.

Friedman, Richard Elliot. Who Wrote the Bible? New York: Summit, 1987. A readable and thorough account of the history and development of the Documentary Hypothesis intended for a general audience.

Hoffmeier, James K. Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. A detailed examination of the biblical account of the Exodus incorporating recent textual, historical, and archaeological scholarship, which concludes that the main points of the narratives are plausible.

Johnstone, William. Exodus. Sheffield, England: JSOT, 1990. An excellent, concise introduction to the book of Exodus outlining major thematic, historical, literary, and religious concerns.

Leonard, Albert, Jr. “Archaeological Sources for the History of Palestine: The Late Bronze Age.” Biblical Archaeologist 52 (1989): 4–39. A useful summary of Late Bronze Age archaeological finds in the southern Levant correlated with New Kingdom Egyptian history.

Merrillees, Robert S. “Political Conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age.” Biblical Archaeologist 40 (1986): 42–50. A general summary of historical events, with particular emphasis on the fourteenth and thirteenth centuries BCE.

Metzger, Bruce M., and Michael D. Coogan, eds. The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. An invaluable one-volume reference resource. See especially the articles by Michael D. Coogan on “Exodus, The” and by John I Durham on “Exodus, The Book of.”

Perevolotsky, Aviram, and Israel Finkelstein. “The Southern Sinai Exodus Route in Ecological Perspective.” Biblical Archaeology Review 11, no. 4 (July–August 1985): 27–41. An illuminating discussion of the relationship between Exodus traditions and the rise of monasticism in Sinai, as well as of the ecology of the region.

Redford, Donald B. Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992. An impressive overview of interrelationships between Egypt and the Levant from prehistory to the early sixth century BCE. The general reader must be cautious, however, as some of the author's views are disputed.

Sandars, N. K. The Sea Peoples: Warriors of the Ancient Mediterranean 1250–1150 B.C. Rev. ed. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1985. A classic review of the major issues concerning the Sea Peoples and the evidence for understanding their origins and actions.

Stiebing, William H. Out of the Desert? Archaeology and the Exodus/Conquest Narratives. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus, 1989. A general overview and evaluation of the archaeological and textual evidence for and the main historical theories about the Exodus and conquest.

Time-Life Books. Ramses II: Magnificence on the Nile. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1993. A nicely done, well-illustrated popular overview of the life and times of Rameses II, with an excellent bibliography.

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