An Egyptologist’s Case for the Historicity of the Exodus

Aug. 28 2020

Raised in Egypt by American Christian missionaries in the years before the Six-Day War, James Hoffmeier later pursued a career as an Egyptologist—but, unlike most others in this field, he also has paid much scholarly attention to the Hebrew Bible. Hoffmeier argues that the book of Exodus displays extensive signs of familiarity with the culture of Pharaonic Egypt, and could not have been composed—as many academic Biblicists today believe—by someone living under Persian or Babylonian several centuries after the events it describes. After making his case on philological and archaeological grounds, he explains why, as a devout Christian, he believes it important to see the Exodus as a historical event rather than a mere parable or legend. (Interview by Dru Johnson. Audio, 50 minutes.)

 

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How European Fecklessness Encourages the Islamic Republic’s Assassination Campaign

In September, Cypriot police narrowly foiled a plot by an Iranian agent to murder five Jewish businessman. This was but one of roughly a dozen similar operations that Tehran has conducted in Europe since 2015—on both Israeli or Jewish and American targets—which have left three dead. Matthew Karnitschnig traces the use of assassination as a strategic tool to the very beginning of the Islamic Republic, and explains its appeal:

In the West, assassination remains a last resort (think Osama bin Laden); in authoritarian states, it’s the first (who can forget the 2017 assassination by nerve agent of Kim Jong-nam, the playboy half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur?). For rogue states, even if the murder plots are thwarted, the regimes still win by instilling fear in their enemies’ hearts and minds. That helps explain the recent frequency. Over the course of a few months last year, Iran undertook a flurry of attacks from Latin America to Africa.

Whether such operations succeed or not, the countries behind them can be sure of one thing: they won’t be made to pay for trying. Over the years, the Russian and Iranian regimes have eliminated countless dissidents, traitors, and assorted other enemies (real and perceived) on the streets of Paris, Berlin, and even Washington, often in broad daylight. Others have been quietly abducted and sent home, where they faced sham trials and were then hanged for treason.

While there’s no shortage of criticism in the West in the wake of these crimes, there are rarely real consequences. That’s especially true in Europe, where leaders have looked the other way in the face of a variety of abuses in the hopes of reviving a deal to rein in Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program and renewing business ties.

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More about: Europe, Iran, Israeli Security, Terrorism