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
ISBN-10:
0691150214
ISBN-13:
9780691150215
Pub. Date:
07/25/2011
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Overview

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

Integrating biblical accounts with substantive archaeological evidence, The Parting of the Sea looks at how natural phenomena shaped the stories of Exodus, the Sojourn in the Wilderness, and the Israelite conquest of Canaan. Barbara Sivertsen posits that the Exodus was in fact two separate exoduses stemming from two volcanic eruptions which over time, were combined in Israelite oral tradition into the Exodus narrative known today. According to this argument the first exodus followed a 1628 B.C.E Minoan eruption that produced all but one of the first nine plagues. The second exodus followed an eruption of a volcano off the Aegean island of Yali almost two centuries later, creating the tenth plague of darkness and a series of tsunamis that "parted the sea" and drowned the pursuing Egyptian army. It's fascinating stuff, and a good deal more scholarly than all this sounds, taking into account recent theory on oral transmission, and integrating archaeological, geological and literary research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691150215
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,049,425
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(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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