Kick Off: In Search of Ancient Israel: The Historical Roots of the Biblical Narrative (Remote)

Gary Rendsburg
Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
Wednesday August 25
7 p.m. ET
Ancient Vessels

Join Siegal Lifelong Learning as we kick off our fall semester with a preview of what's to come followed by this fascinating lecture. 

A century and a half of archaeological exploration in Egypt and Israel has revealed more and more information about the origins of ancient Israel. Key elements include: the word ‘Israel’ inscribed on the Merneptah Stele (c. 1210 B.C.E.); an Egyptian papyrus which refers to nomads from southern Canaan settling in the city of Pithom to escape famine in their land; small settlements in the central hill country of Canaan with a striking lack of pig bones; and much more. Join us as Professor Rendsburg weaves this documentation together, along with the relevant Biblical texts, to reconstruct earliest Israel in the historical and archaeological record.

The Enid and Irving Kushner Lectureship in Jewish Studies is made possible by the generous support of the Enid and Irving Kushner Endowment for Adult Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

This lecture is held in partnership with 929 English.

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