Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective: Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience

Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective: Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience


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The Bible's grand narrative about Israel's Exodus from Egypt is central to Biblical religion, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim identity and the formation of the academic disciplines studying the ancient Near East. It has also been a pervasive theme in artistic and popular imagination. Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective is a pioneering work surveying this tradition in unprecedented breadth, combining archaeological discovery, quantitative methodology and close literary reading. Archaeologists, Egyptologists, Biblical Scholars, Computer Scientists, Geoscientists and other experts contribute their diverse approaches in a novel, transdisciplinary consideration of ancient topography, Egyptian and Near Eastern parallels to the Exodus story, the historicity of the Exodus, the interface of the Exodus question with archaeological fieldwork on emergent Israel, the formation of biblical literature, and the cultural memory of the Exodus in ancient Israel and beyond. This edited volume contains research presented at the groundbreaking symposium "Out of Egypt: Israels Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination" held in 2013 at the Qualcomm Institute of the University of California, San Diego. The combination of 44 contributions by an international group of scholars from diverse disciplines makes this the first such transdisciplinary study of ancient text and history. In the original conference and with this new volume, revolutionary media, such as a 3D immersive virtual reality environment, impart innovative, Exodus-based research to a wider audience. Out of archaeology, ancient texts, science and technology emerge an up-to-date picture of the Exodus for the 21st Century and a new standard for collaborative research.

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ISBN-13: 9783319047676
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Series: Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Edition description: 2015
Pages: 584
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thomas Evan Levy is Distinguished Professor and holds the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego.He is a member of the Department of Anthropology and Judaic Studies Program and leads the Cyber-archaeology research group at the Qualcomm Institute, California Center of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in the role of technology, especially early mining and metallurgy, on social evolution from the beginnings of sedentism and the domestication of plants and animals in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period (ca. 7500 BCE) to the rise of the first historic Levantine state level societies in the Iron Age (ca. 1200 – 500 BCE). A Fellow of the Explorers Club, Levy won the 2011 Lowell Thomas Award for “Exploring the World’s Greatest Mysteries.”Levy has been the principal investigator of many interdisciplinary archaeological field projects in Israel and Jordan that have been funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation and other organizations.Tom also conducts ethnoarchaeological research in India. Levy, his wife Alina Levy and the Sthapathy traditional craftsmen from the village of Swamimalai co-authored the book Masters of Fire - Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India. Bochum: German Mining Museum, 2008).Tom has published 10 books and several hundred scholarly articles.Levy’s most recent book is entitled Historical Biblical Archaeology – The New Pragmatism (London: Equinox Publishers, 2010 that in 2011 won the ‘best scholarly book’ from Biblical Archaeology Society (Washington, DC).Levy and his colleague Mohammad Najjar recently won Biblical Archaeology Review’s ‘Best BAR Article’ for “Condemned to the Mines: Copper Production & Christian Persecution.”

Thomas Schneider is Professor of Egyptologyand Near Eastern Studies at the Universityof British Columbia, Vancouver, a position he assumed in 2007. He studiedat Zurich, Basel and Paris, earning a Master's degree (Lizentiat), adoctorate and a habilitation in Egyptology atthe University of Basel. He was a VisitingProfessor at the University of Vienna in 1999and at the University of Heidelberg in2003-4. From 2001 to 2005, he wasa Research Professor of the Swiss NationalScience Foundation at the University of Baseland from 2005 to 2007, Professor and holder of theChair in Egyptology at the University of Wales,Swansea.He was a visiting scholar at NewYork University in 2006 and at the Universityof California, Berkeley, in 2012,as well as anAssociate Professor (Status only) in theDepartment of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto (2010–2012) and anAffiliate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington (2009-12).He has published five self-authored books andmore than 100 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews andedited or co-edited another five booksin his main areasof research:Egyptian interconnectionswith the Levant and the Near East, Egyptian history and chronology and Egyptian historicalphonology.His current research project is onthe history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany.Heis founder and editor-in-chief of the Journalof Egyptian History, as well as editor of NearEastern Archaeology. He was the editor-in-chief of "Culture and History of the Ancient Near East" (2006-2013) and area editor history for the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology.He also serves on the editorial board of theJournal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, as well as the advisory boards of "Egypt and the Levant" and Lingua Aegyptia.

A native New Yorker (born at Mount Sinai hospital), William H. C. Propp is the Harriet and Louis Bookheim Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1983 for the Departments of Literature and History and for the Judaic Studies Program; he has also been a visiting professor of Religious Studies at Dartmouth College.His wide-ranging approach to the Hebrew Bible synthesizes philology, cultural anthropology, folklore studies, psychology, history, linguistics and literary criticism.Having published on a multitude of topics in both scholarly and popular venues, he is best known for his two-volume, 1600-page reference commentary on the Book of Exodus in the Anchor Bible series(Doubleday 1999, 2006).

Table of Contents

​Exodus and Memory.- On the Historicity of the Exodus:What Egyptology Today Can Contribute Today to Assessing the Biblical Account of the Sojourn in Egypt.- The Wilderness Narrative and Itineraries and the Evolution of the Exodus Tradition.- Exodus Dates & Theories.- The Exodus as Cultural Memory:Egyptian Bondage and the Song of the Sea.- Radiocarbon Dating and the Exodus Tradition.-The Thera Theories:Science and the Modern Reception History of the Exodus.- Which Way Out of Egypt:Physical Geography Related to the Exodus Itinerary.- Inspired By a Tsunami:An Earth Sciences Perspective of the Exodus Narrative.- Dating the Theran Eruption: Archaeological Science Versus Nonsense Science.- The Sound of Exodus (EX3), ‘World Building’ and the Museum of the Future: Adaptive, Listener-Centered Auditory Display for Multimodal Narrative in Advanced Visualization Spaces.- The Wave and 3D: How the Waters Might have Parted –Visualizing Evidence for a Major Volcanic Eruption in the Mediterranean and its Impact on Exodus Models.- Media Commons Framework: An Immersive Storytelling Platform and Exodus.- Mythic Dimensions of the Exodus Tradition.- Egyptologists and the Israelite Exodus from Egypt.- Out of Egypt:Did Israel’s Exodus Include Tales.- The Egyptian Origin of the Ark of the Covenant.- Moses the Magician.- Egyptian Text Parallels to the Exodus: Discussions in the Egyptological Literature.- The Exodus Narrative Between History and Literary Fiction: The Portrayal of the Egyptian Burden as a Test Case.- The Exodus Based on the Sources Themselves.- Fracturing the Exodus, as told by Edward Everett Horton.- The Revelation of the Divine Name to Moses and the Construction of a memory about the Origins of the Encounter between Yhwh and Israel.- The Structure of Legal Administration in the Moses Story.- Distinguishing the World of the Exodus Narrative from the World of its Narrators: The Question of the Priestly Exodus Account in its Historical Setting.- The Despoliation of Egypt: Origen and Augustine: From Stolen Treasures to Saved Texts.- Leaving Home: Philo of Alexandria on the Exodus.- Hero and Villain: An Outline of the Exodus’ Pharaoh in Artapanus.- The Exodus in Islam: Citationality and Redemption.- From Liberation to Expulsion:The Exodus in the Earliest Jewish-Pagan Polemics.- The Exodus and the Bible:What Was Known; What Was Remembered; What Was Forgotten.- Exodus as Mnemo-Narrative: An Archaeological Perspective.- Remembering Egypt.- The Exodus and History.- The Great Going Forth: The Expulsion of West-Semitic Speakers from Egypt.- Har Karkom:Archaeological Discoveries on a Holy Mountain in the Desert of Exodus.- In Search of Israel’s Insider Status:A Reevaluation of Israel’s Origins.- The Emergence of Iron Age Israel: On Origins and Habitus.- Living by Livestock in Israel’s Exodus: Explaining Origins over Distance.- Exodus and Exodus Traditions after the Linguistic Turn in History.- Biblical Claims About Solomon’s Kingdom in Light of Egyptian “Three-Zone” Ideology of Territory.-The Emergence of Israel in Retrospect.- Out of Egypt or Out of Canaan: The Exodus Story Between Memory and Historical Reality.- Modern scholarship versus the Demon of Passover: An Outlook on Exodus Research and Egyptology through the Lens of Exodus 12.

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