Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective

Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience

Author: Thomas E. Levy,Thomas Schneider,William H.C. Propp

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331904768X

Category: Social Science

Page: 584

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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: Israel’s 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.

Deciphering the Proto-Sinaitic Script

Making Sense of the Wadi el-Hol and Serabit el-Khadim Early Alphabetic Inscriptions

Author: Paul D. LeBlanc

Publisher: Subclass Press

ISBN: 0995284407

Category: Religion

Page: 372

View: 1971

Egypt, Judaism, and the history of the alphabet intersect in Deciphering The Proto-Sinaitic Script. From its initial appearance, in around the 18th century BC, the origins of proto–Sinaitic writing can be traced back to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom period, when it was somehow derived from the hieroglyphs, its parent–system. The importance of proto–Sinaitic lies in the fact that it represents the alphabet’s earliest developmental period—a kind of ‘missing link’ between the hieroglyphs and these early Semitic alphabets from which our own Latin one descends, by way of the Phoenician and Greek. However, up until now, proto-Sinaitic has remained for the most part undeciphered. The intriguing possibility of giving voice to a lost culture or civilization from thousands of years ago is tantalizing. Representing one of the most enticing problems in modern archaeology, the enigmatic allure surrounding ancient languages and the undeciphered scripts in which they are encoded is truly vexing. In his bold and original research, LeBlanc argues convincingly to have solved the mystery and uncovers some incredibly enthralling information about the people who invented it: The epigraphic evidence suggests that the Egyptianized Canaanites who first devised the proto–Sinaitic script were surprisingly instrumental in the formation of early Israelite culture and proto–Judaism.

Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?

Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives

Author: James Karl Hoffmeier

Publisher: Eisenbrauns

ISBN: 9781575064291

Category: Exodus, The

Page: N.A

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"Most of the papers herein were presented at a symposium organized by James K. Hoffmeier at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas, January 17-18, 2014"--Preface.

Rethinking Israel

Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein

Author: Oded Lipschitz,Yuval Gadot,Matthew J. Adams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781575067872

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 3838

"Israel Finkelstein is perhaps the best-known Israeli archaeologist in the world [...] His work has greatly changed the face of archaeological and historical research of the biblical period. His unique ability to see the comprehensive big picture and formulate a broad framework has inspired countless scholars to reexamine long-established paradigms. His trail-blazing work covering every period from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age through the Hasmonean period, while sometimes controversial, has led to a creative new approach that connects archaeology with history, the social sciences, and the natural and life sciences [...] This volume, dedicated to Professor Finkelstein's accomplishments and contributions, features 36 articles written by his colleagues, friends, and students in honor of his decades of scholarship and leadership in the field of biblical archaeology"--back cover.

Studying the Ancient Israelites

A Guide to Sources and Methods

Author: Victor H. Matthews

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801031974

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 4486

Offers readers a concise introduction to the tools and data available for investigating the world of ancient Israel.

North-South Knowledge Networks Towards Equitable Collaboration Between

Academics, Donors and Universities

Author: Halvorsen, Tor,Nossum, Jorun

Publisher: African Minds

ISBN: 1928331300

Category: Education

Page: 328

View: 8531

Since the 1990s, internationalisation has become key for institutions wishing to secure funding for higher education and research. For the academic community, this strategic shift has had many consequences. Priorities have changed and been influenced by new ways of thinking about universities, and of measuring their impact in relation to each other and to their social goals. Debates are ongoing and hotly contested. In this collection, a mix of renowned academics and newer voices reflect on some of the realities of international research partnerships. They both question and highlight the agency of academics, donors and research institutions in the geopolitics of knowledge and power. The contributors offer fresh insights on institutional transformation, the setting of research agendas, and access to research funding, while highlighting the dilemmas researchers face when their institutions are vulnerable to state and donor influence. Offering a range of perspectives on why academics should collaborate and what for, this book will be useful to anyone interested in how scholars are adapting to the realities of international networking and how research institutions are finding innovative ways to make North–South partnerships and collaborations increasingly fair, sustainable and mutually beneficial.

Ancient Israel in Sinai

The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition

Author: James K. Hoffmeier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199882606

Category: Bibles

Page: 284

View: 3824

In his pathbreaking Israel in Egypt James K. Hoffmeier sought to refute the claims of scholars who doubt the historical accuracy of the biblical account of the Israelite sojourn in Egypt. Analyzing a wealth of textual, archaeological, and geographical evidence, he put forth a thorough defense of the biblical tradition. Hoffmeier now turns his attention to the Wilderness narratives of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. As director of the North Sinai Archaeological Project, Hoffmeier has led several excavations that have uncovered important new evidence supporting the Wilderness narratives, including a major New Kingdom fort at Tell el-Borg that was occupied during the Israelite exodus. Hoffmeier employs these archaeological findings to shed new light on the route of the exodus from Egypt. He also investigates the location of Mount Sinai, and offers a rebuttal to those who have sought to locate it in northern Arabia and not in the Sinai peninsula as traditionally thought. Hoffmeier addresses how and when the Israelites could have lived in Sinai, as well as whether it would have been possible for Moses to write down the law received at Mount Sinai. Building on the new evidence for the Israelite sojourn in Egypt, Hoffmeier explores the Egyptian influence on the Wilderness tradition. For example, he finds Egyptian elements in Israelite religious practices, including the use of the tabernacle, and points to a significant number of Egyptian personal names among the generation of the exodus. The origin of Israel is a subject of much debate and the wilderness tradition has been marginalized by those who challenge its credibility. In Ancient Israel in Sinai, Hoffmeier brings the Wilderness tradition to the forefront and makes a case for its authenticity based on solid evidence and intelligent analysis.

The Challenge of Chance

A Multidisciplinary Approach from Science and the Humanities

Author: Klaas Landsman,Ellen van Wolde

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319263005

Category: Science

Page: 276

View: 5762

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introduction followed by an opening chapter that surveys 2500 years of linguistic, philosophical, and scientific reflections on chance, coincidence, fortune, randomness, luck and related concepts. A main conclusion that can be drawn is that, even after all this time, we still cannot be sure whether chance is a truly fundamental and irreducible phenomenon, in that certain events are simply uncaused and could have been otherwise, or whether it is always simply a reflection of our ignorance. Other challenges that emerge from this book include a better understanding of the contextuality and perspectival character of chance (including its scale-dependence), and the curious fact that, throughout history (including contemporary science), chance has been used both as an explanation and as a hallmark of the absence of explanation. As such, this book challenges the reader to think about chance in a new way and to come to grips with this endlessly fascinating phenomenon.

Evolutionary Epistemology, Language and Culture

A Non-Adaptationist, Systems Theoretical Approach

Author: Nathalie Gontier,Jean Paul van Bendegem,Diederik Aerts

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402033958

Category: Philosophy

Page: 494

View: 2069

For the first time in history, scholars working on language and culture from within an evolutionary epistemological framework, and thereby emphasizing complementary or deviating theories of the Modern Synthesis, were brought together. Of course there have been excellent conferences on Evolutionary Epistemology in the past, as well as numerous conferences on the topics of Language and Culture. However, until now these disciplines had not been brought together into one all-encompassing conference. Moreover, previously there never had been such stress on alternative and complementary theories of the Modern Synthesis. Today we know that natural selection and evolution are far from synonymous and that they do not explain isomorphic phenomena in the world. ‘Taking Darwin seriously’ is the way to go, but today the time has come to take alternative and complementary theories that developed after the Modern Synthesis, equally seriously, and, furthermore, to examine how language and culture can merit from these diverse disciplines. As this volume will make clear, a specific inter- and transdisciplinary approach is one of the next crucial steps that needs to be taken, if we ever want to unravel the secrets of phenomena such as language and culture.

Imperial Matter

Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires

Author: Lori Khatchadourian

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520290526

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5394

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program. Visit to learn more. What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shed light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Out of the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars working on empire across the humanities and social sciences.

Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context

Proceedings of the EAGLE 2016 International Conference

Author: Silvia Orlandi,Raffaella Santucci,Francesco Mambrini,Pietro Maria Liuzzo

Publisher: Sapienza Università Editrice

ISBN: 8893770210

Category: Computers

Page: 446

View: 398

This volume collects the proceedings of the final conference of the European project EAGLE (Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy), held at the Sapienza University of Rome on January 28-30th 2016.


Author: Maurizio Forte

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: 9781407307213

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

View: 7209

This book collects articles from two different workshops organized in 2009 and 2010. The TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference in Stanford (May, 1-3, 2009) - workshop on Cyber-archaeology - and the conference Diversifying Participation. Digital Media and Learning - workshop on Virtual Collaborative Environments for Cultural Heritage (February, 18-20, 2010 in San Diego, La Jolla). Contents: 1) From Archaeology to I-archaeology: Cyberarchaeology, paradigms, and the end of the twentieth century (Ezra B.W. Zubrow); 2) Introduction to Cyber-Archaeology (Maurizio Forte); 3) From Computable Archaeology to Computational Intelligence. New Prospects for Archaeological Reasoning (Juan A. Barcelo); 3) VIRTUAL IMPACT: Visualizing the Potential Effects of Cosmic Impact in Human History (W. Bruce Masse, Maurizio Forte, David R. Janecky and Gustavo Barrientos); 4) PLACE-Hampi, Ancient Hampi and Hampi-LIVE - an entanglement of people-things (Sarah Kenderdine); 5) The Fallacy of Reconstruction (Jeffrey T. Clark); 6) Exploring cognitive landscapes: toward an understanding of the relationship between space/time conceptualization and cultural material expression (J. van der Elst); 7) Wayfinding across space, time, and society (Erik Champion); 8) 3D Cybermaps of Western Han Mural Tombs (F. Galeazzi, P. Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco and N. DellUnto); 9) Cyber-archaeology and Virtual Collaborative Environments (Gregorij Kurillo, Maurizio Forte, Ruzena Bajcsy); 10) Comparing tangible and virtual exploration of archaeological objects (David Kirsh); 11) An open source approach to cultural heritage: Nu.M.E. Project and the virtual reconstruction of Bologna (Nicola Lercari); 12) On-Site Digital Archaeology 3.0 and Cyber-Archaeology: Into the Future of the Past New Developments, Delivery and the Creation of a Data Avalanche (Thomas E. Levy, Vid Petrovic, Thomas Wypych, Aaron Gidding, Kyle Knabb, David Hernandez, Neil G. Smith, Jurgen P. Schlulz, Stephen H. Savage, Falko Kuester, Erez Ben-Yosef, Connor Buitenhuys, Casey Jane Barrett, Mohammad Najjar, Thomas DeFanti).

80 Old Testament Characters of World History: Chronological, Historical and Archaeological Evidence

Author: Gerard Gertoux


ISBN: 1329932811

Category: History

Page: 364

View: 443

Despite the fact that the name of many characters mentioned in the Old Testament, like David, King of Israel, have been recently confirmed by archaeology as well as their epoch and the events in which they were involved, most archaeologists continue to deny the historicity of the Bible they view as pious fiction or a mythical account. They argue that the major events in the Bible such as the victory of Abraham against Chedorlaomer, an unknown king of Elam around 2000 BCE, the victory of Moses against an unknown Pharaoh around 1500 BCE or the victory of Esther, an unknown Persian Queen, against an unknown vizier of Xerxes, never existed because they left absolutely no evidence. They also explain that according to what we know today, these events could not have occurred. These logical arguments are impressive but a precise chronological analysis based on absolute dates, coupled with a rigorous historical investigation, shows that all those major events really took place at the dates and places indicated.

Global Change and the Earth System

A Planet Under Pressure

Author: Will Steffen,Regina Angelina Sanderson,Peter D. Tyson,Jill Jäger,Pamela A. Matson,Berrien Moore III,Frank Oldfield,Katherine Richardson,Hans Joachim Schellnhuber,Billie L. Turner,Robert J. Wasson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540266070

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Global Change and the Earth System describes what is known about the Earth system and the impact of changes caused by humans. It considers the consequences of these changes with respect to the stability of the Earth system and the well-being of humankind; as well as exploring future paths towards Earth-system science in support of global sustainability. The results presented here are based on 10 years of research on global change by many of the world's most eminent scholars. This valuable volume achieves a new level of integration and interdisciplinarity in treating global change.

Egyptology Today

Author: Richard H. Wilkinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521682268

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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Egyptology Today examines how modern scholars examine all aspects of ancient Egypt, one of the greatest of all ancient civilizations. In essays by a team of archaeologists, curators, scholars and conservators who are actively involved in research or applied aspects of Egyptology, this book looks at the techniques and methods that are used to increase our understanding of a distant culture that was as old to the Greeks and Romans as these cultures are to us.

The Moral Brain

Essays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality

Author: Jan Verplaetse,Jelle de Schrijver,Sven Vanneste,Johan Braeckman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402062872

Category: Medical

Page: 275

View: 1912

Scientists no longer accept the existence of a distinct moral organ as phrenologists once did. A generation of young neurologists is using advanced technological medical equipment to unravel specific brain processes enabling moral cognition. In addition, evolutionary psychologists have formulated hypotheses about the origins and nature of our moral architecture. Little by little, the concept of a ‘moral brain’ is reinstated. As the crossover between disciplines focusing on moral cognition was rather limited up to now, this book aims at filling the gap. Which evolutionary biological hypotheses provide a useful framework for starting new neurological research? How can brain imaging be used to corroborate hypotheses concerning the evolutionary background of our species? In this reader, a broad range of prominent scientists and philosophers shed their expert view on the current accomplishments and future challenges in the field of moral cognition and assess how cooperation between neurology and evolutionary psychology can boost research into the field of the moral brain.

Sound Analysis and Synthesis with R

Author: Jérôme Sueur

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319776479

Category: Medical

Page: 637

View: 8281

Sound is almost always around us, anywhere, at any time, reaching our ears and stimulating our brains for better or worse. Sound can be the disturbing noise of a drill, a merry little tune sung by a friend, the song of a bird in the morning or a clap of thunder at night. The science of sound, or acoustics, studies all types of sounds and therefore covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, from pure to applied acoustics. Research dealing with acoustics requires a sound to be recorded, analyzed, manipulated and, possibly, changed. This is particularly, but not exclusively, the case in bioacoustics and ecoacoustics, two life sciences disciplines that attempt to understand and to eavesdrop on the sound produced by animals. Sound analysis and synthesis can be challenging for students, researchers and practitioners who have few skills in mathematics or physics. However, deciphering the structure of a sound can be useful in behavioral and ecological research – and also very amusing. This book is dedicated to anyone who wants to practice acoustics but does not know much about sound. Acoustic analysis and synthesis are possible, with little effort, using the free and open-source software R with a few specific packages. Combining a bit of theory, a lot of step-by-step examples and a few cases studies, this book shows beginners and experts alike how to record, read, play, decompose, visualize, parametrize, change, and synthesize sound with R, opening a new way of working in bioacoustics and ecoacoustics but also in other acoustic disciplines.


On Nomadic Ethics

Author: Rosi Braidotti

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745635962

Category: Philosophy

Page: 307

View: 3868

This major new book offers a highly original account of ethical and political subjectivity in contemporary culture. It makes a strong case for a non–unitary or nomadic conception of the subject, in opposition to the claims of ideologies such as conservatism, liberal individualism and techno–capitalism. Braidotti takes a bold stand against moral universalism, while offering a vigorous defence of nomadic ethics against the charges of relativism and nihilism. She calls for a new form of ethical accountability that takes "Life" as the subject, not the object, of enquiry. This ethics is presented as a fundamental reconfiguration of our being in the world and it calls for more conceptual creativity in the production of worldviews that can better enable us to behave ethically in a technologically and globally mediated world. The nomadic ethical subject negotiates successfully the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory politics on the other. Transpositions provides an intellectually rich guide to the leading critical debates of our time and will be of great interest to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences.

The Evolution of the Exodus Tradition

Author: Samuel E. Loewenstamm

Publisher: Magnes Press


Category: Religion

Page: 310

View: 6423

The Exodus from Egypt is the climax of Israel's prehistory as related in the Pentateuch. It may be subjected to two types of historical inquiry, the one focusing on Israel's national history, the other on the history of her traditions. The work concentrates on the second type of inquiry. In a comprehensive literary analysis, the narrative in the book of Exodus is compared not only with its parallels throughout the Bible, but also with the later, post-Biblical accounts found in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha and in the Hellenistic and Midrashic literatures.