The Exodus as Cultural Memory

Date: 

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:30

Ron Hendel Ph.D., Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, University of California at Berkeley

The Exodus is a central event in biblical and Jewish memory. But according to the archaeological and historical record, it is unclear what it is a memory of.  I propose that it is, in part, a transformed memory of the demise of the Egyptian Empire in Canaan, which facilitated the emergence of Israel as an independent people.  The story served as an engine of a distinctive cultural identity, a function that it continues to perform today.

The event is free and open to the public.

When: Monday, March 9, 2015, 4:30 pm

Location: UA Hillel Center, 1245 E. 2nd St., in Mountain A and B room

Suggested Parking: Second Street Garage, on the Southeast corner of Mountain and 2nd.