As Passover approaches, we will get the obligatory articles (usually written by devoted skeptical journalists) about “the real truth” behind Passover (and Easter, of course). The article you’ll find at this post over at Todd Bolen’s Bible Places blog isn’t of that stripe. Still, it’s pretty unsatisfying. The author of the article is Stephen Rosenberg of the Jerusalem post, whose search for “indirect evidence connecting the Israelites to Egypt” yields the piece at the link. I think Mr. Rosenberg’s search should have included a library (or a research assistant who knew what he or she was doing).

The best books on Egyptian-Israelite-exodus connections to archaeology and Egyptian textual sources are those by Egyptologist and Old Testament scholar, James K. Hoffmeier, both published by Oxford University Press. They aren’t new and they aren’t hard to find:

Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition

Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition

Honorable mention should also be given to the work of Egyptologist Kenneth Kitchen:

On the Reliability of the Old Testament