Gary Rendsburg , Chair, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers
May 17, 2009

Rutgers Student Center , Room 411
126 College Avenue, New Brunswick

How did Israel begin?  The Bible presents its own narrative, with a group of people migrating from Canaan to Egypt to escape famine; then becoming enslaved in Egypt, put to work in major building projects; and then finally leaving Egypt, wandering the Sinai Desert, and returning to their ancestral home.  Explore current scholarly views on the origins of Israel through a survey of archaeological data and written remains from both Egypt and Israel.  The conclusions paint a picture which is sometimes consistent, and other times at odds, with the biblical narrative. 

This lecture is offered in conjunction with Rutgers Reunion Weekend.

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Shasu Karnak (c) Scott Noegel