Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective

Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience

  • Thomas E. Levy
  • Thomas Schneider
  • William H.C. Propp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Setting the Stage: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Exodus Narrative

  3. Science-Based Approaches to the Exodus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Michael W. Dee, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Thomas F. G. Higham
      Pages 81-89
    3. Stephen O. Moshier, James K. Hoffmeier
      Pages 101-108
    4. Amos Salamon, Steven Ward, Floyd McCoy, John Hall, Thomas E. Levy
      Pages 109-129
  4. Cyber-Archaeology and Exodus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Jürgen P. Schulze, Jessica Block, Philip Weber, Thomas E. Levy, Gregory L. Dawe, Brad C. Sparks et al.
      Pages 161-172
    3. David Srour, John Mangan, Aliya Hoff, Todd Margolis, Jessica Block, Matthew L. Vincent et al.
      Pages 173-184
  5. The Exodus Narrative in its Egyptian and Near Eastern Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Bernard F. Batto
      Pages 187-195
    3. James K. Hoffmeier
      Pages 197-208
    4. Susan Tower Hollis
      Pages 209-222
    5. Scott B. Noegel
      Pages 223-242
    6. Gary A. Rendsburg
      Pages 243-258
  6. The Exodus Narrative as Text

  7. The Exodus in Later Reception and Perception

  8. The Exodus as Cultural Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Victor H. Matthews
      Pages 419-427
    3. William H. C. Propp
      Pages 429-436
  9. The Exodus and the Emergence of Israel: New Perspectives from Biblical Studies and Archaeology

About this book


The Bible's grand narrative about Israel's Exodus from Egypt is central to Biblical religion, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim identity, and the formation of the academic disciplines studying the ancient Near East. It has also been a pervasive theme in artistic and popular imagination.  Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective is a pioneering work surveying this tradition in unprecedented breadth, combining archaeological discovery, quantitative methodology, and close literary reading.  Archaeologists, Egyptologists, Biblical Scholars, Computer Scientists, Geoscientists and other experts contribute their diverse approaches in a novel, transdisciplinary consideration of ancient topography, Egyptian and Near Eastern parallels to the Exodus story, the historicity of the Exodus, the interface of the Exodus question with archaeological fieldwork on emergent Israel, the formation of biblical literature, and the cultural memory of the Exodus in ancient Israel and beyond. 

This edited volume contains research presented at the groundbreaking symposium "Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination" held in 2013 at the Qualcomm Institute of the University of California, San Diego. The combination of 44 contributions by an international group of scholars from diverse disciplines makes this the first such transdisciplinary study of ancient text and history. In the original conference and with this new volume, revolutionary media, such as a 3D immersive virtual reality environment, impart innovative, Exodus-based research to a wider audience.  Out of archaeology, ancient texts, science, and technology emerge an up-to-date picture of the Exodus for the 21st Century, and a new standard for collaborative research.


Ancient Egypt & Near East Book of Exodus Cyberarchaeology Hebrew Bible History of Israel Quantitative methods in Humanities Science and historicity Science and the ancient environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas E. Levy
    • 1
  • Thomas Schneider
    • 2
  • William H.C. Propp
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.The University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04767-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04768-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-0956
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-0964
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