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The Exodus – Myth or History?

Shawna Dolansky

College of the Humanities, Carleton University

The Bible commands its readers to tell their children the story of the Exodus; but biblical scholarship and archaeology of the 20th and 21st centuries have increasingly cast doubt on the fact that the Exodus actually happened historically. This lecture reviews the biblical story in light of the archaeological evidence – or lack thereof – reflecting on how to answer the question of whether these foundational events of Israel actually occurred.

Shawna Dolansky (Ph.D. UCSD) is Associate Professor of Religion in the College of the Humanities, with a focus on the development of the Hebrew Bible in the context of the history and religions of the ancient Near East. Author of two books and
numerous scholarly as well as popular articles, Dolansky currently serves on the editorial board for
Near Eastern Archaeology, is the General Editor for Hebrew Bible content at BibleOdyssey.com, and is a frequent contributor to thetorah.com and biblicalarchaeology.org. She received the Provost’s award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and a Professional Achievement Award in 2018.

Glebe Community Centre
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00 pm, Scotton Hall
All are welcome to attend the lecture.
Admission is free and open to the public

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