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Exodus, Historicity

Exodus: The History Behind the Story

The Elephantine Stele and the Great Harris Papyrus both describe Pharaoh Setnakhte’s war against the Levantine usurper Irsu in 1186 B.C.E. Reading these accounts together with Manetho’s story of the war against Osarseph offers us a possible historical context for what eventually became the Bible’s story of the exodus of Israel from Egypt.

Prof.

Israel Knohl

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Exodus: Not the Only Tradition About Israel's Past

The Torah implores us to remember and teach the exodus, yet surprisingly, some biblical passages seem unaware of this event and describe an alternative tradition: God found Israel in the wilderness.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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The Exodus Story as Jewish Mnemohistory

Prof.

Carl S. Ehrlich

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The Book of Chronicles and the Ephraimites that Never Went to Egypt

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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The Historical Exodus

The Evidence for the Levites Leaving Egypt and the Introduction of YHWH into Israel

Prof.

Richard Elliott Friedman

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The Israelites Are Not the Hyksos!

The hidden polemic in the Torah’s note that “Israel did not escape by way of the Philistine coastal route”

Dr.

David Ben-Gad HaCohen

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YHWH's War Against the Egyptian Sun-God Ra

Reading the Plagues of Locust, Darkness, and Firstborn in their Ancient Egyptian Context

Prof.

Gary Rendsburg

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The Song of the Sea and the History of Ancient Israel and Judah

Exploring ten aspects of the Song’s narrative and what they tell us about its origins.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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Freedom from the Egyptian Empire

Exodus as Cultural Memory of the Demise of Egypt’s 400-Year Rule over Canaan

Prof.

Ronald Hendel

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What We Know about the Egyptian Places Mentioned in Exodus

Egyptian records and archaeological findings shed light on the toponyms (place names) that appear in the exodus account: Ramesses, Pithom, Pi-Hahiroth, Baal-Zephon, Migdol, Sukkot, and Yam Suf.

Dr.

David A. Falk

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The Torah's Exodus

Weighing the historicity of the exodus story entails more than addressing the lack of archaeological evidence.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Finding Redemption in the Passover Story

Doing History One Better

Prof. Rabbi

Burton L. Visotzky

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