The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus

The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus

by Barbara J. Sivertsen
     
 

"With an arresting topic, great storytelling, superb scholarship, and a command of diverse sources, Sivertsen makes an important contribution to a significant historic and scientific puzzle."—Adrienne Mayor, author of The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times and Fossil Legends of the First Americans

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"With an arresting topic, great storytelling, superb scholarship, and a command of diverse sources, Sivertsen makes an important contribution to a significant historic and scientific puzzle."—Adrienne Mayor, author of The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times and Fossil Legends of the First Americans

"One seldom encounters an author with Sivertsen's broad learning, meticulous scholarship, and graceful writing. Because of her thoroughness, the research in this book will remain valuable for decades to come: she has done an exceptional job of digging into the wide variety of fields relevant to understanding the Exodus. A superb and stunning book."—Paul and Elizabeth Barber, authors of When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth

"Effectively weaving together and analyzing a large amount of data, The Parting of the Sea is a well-researched, well-written look at the recent information, theories, and hypotheses dealing with the Exodus and occupation of Canaan by the Israelites."—Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, author of Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137704
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Exodus, Oral Tradition, and Natural History xiii

Chapter One: Dating the Exodus 1

Chapter Two: The Coming of the Hyksos 10

Chapter Three: The Minoan Eruption 23

Chapter Four: The Plagues, the Exodus, and Historical Reality 35

Chapter Five: Moses and the Mountain of God 46

Chapter Six: The Sojourn in the Wilderness 68

Chapter Seven: Meanwhile, Back in Civilization 83

Chapter Eight: The Destruction of Jericho 93

Chapter Nine: The Conquest and Settlement of Canaan 102

Chapter Ten: Back to Egypt 120

Chapter Eleven: The Formation of the Exodus Tradition 140

Appendix: Oral Transmission, Memory and Recall, and Oral History 152

Abbreviations 157

Notes 159

Glossary of Geological and Technical Terms 199

Bibliography 205

Index 229

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