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