The Exodus – a cross-disciplinary perspective

Egyptologist James Hoffmeier remarked that in response to the question “do you think the early Israelites lived in Egypt and that there was some sort of exodus?” posed in a survey sent to a group of randomly selected Egyptologists, of twenty-five, nineteen answered ‘yes.’1

Hoffmeier’s anecdote appears in the the proceedings in the 2013 conference “Exodus: Out of Egypt – Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Archaeology, Text, and Memory” held at the University of California San Diego. Featuring leading experts in Egyptology, archaeology, Biblical Studies, and other related disciplines, the conference provided a cutting-edge look at the evidence for a historical basis to the Exodus tradition in the Bible.

As well as the book, the videos2 and the conference website are available for those who want to take a serious look at the seminal event in the history of Israel.

Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 2)

Introducing the interdisciplinary approach required to understand the world of the Ancient Israelites

Literary Approaches

Regrettably, literary approaches, which include both critical study of the Bible and the use of ancient Near Eastern literature for comparative study are viewed with suspicion. This is unfortunate as such approaches can provide considerable insight into problems that are commonly advanced as reasons to doubt the integrity of the biblical narrative. Continue reading “Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 2)”

Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 1)

Introducing the interdisciplinary approach required to understand the world of the Ancient Israelites

Apart from grammar and semantics, one of the main hermeneutic tools any serious Bible student needs to understand is the historical and cultural context of the Bible. This, needless to say is not a minor subject given that the historical context of the OT alone spans at least one thousand years and covers many civilisations. Continue reading “Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Victor Matthews (Part 1)”