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Fall 2012 Lecture Series

The "Exodus" and Settlement of the Land of Israel: Examining the Literary and Archaeological Evidence
October 15 — November 5, 2012

This in-depth program will explore the Biblical stories in Exodus, Joshua and Kings, fundamental to three major western religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — from both a literary and archaeological perspective. The series is made possible by two generous gifts from Jeannette and Jonathan P. Rosen, CMAA Lifetime Charter Members, and from John Matrisciano, CMAA Board of Directors Member. In addition, the series is co-sponsored by the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The lectures were held at Piness Auditorium inside the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles on Mondays, October 15 — November 5, 2012 at 7:30-9:00 PM.

This fall a Who's Who of distinguished experts in Biblical studies, Egyptology and Biblical Archaeology are coming to Los Angeles to present four illustrated lectures on two of the most seminal events of the Hebrew Bible — the Exodus from Egypt and the settlement of the Land of Israel — both central to the foundation of Israel's identity as a nation and its religion.

The end of the Bronze Age (circa 1200 BCE) brought many radical changes to Canaan — old political powers failed and new peoples arrived on the scene. The Philistines, one of the Sea Peoples, first appear on the southern coast while the Proto-Israelites take up residence in the previously uninhabited hill country. But what of the Exodus? Was there a single Exodus or more than one? Can we identify a historical period when this event occurred or was it simply a folktale? The Exodus is not only central to Rabbinic Judaism, but is a cornerstone of Christianity since the Last Supper was a Passover Seder and the foundation for the Catholic Mass. Also, the Exodus from slavery and entry into the Promised Land inspired Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

Fall 2012 Lecture Series: Presenters

Monday, October 15, 2012: "The Exodus from Egypt in Biblical Literature and Tradition" by Dr. P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., Johns Hopkins University

McCarterP. Kyle McCarter, Jr. is an eminent authority in Northwest Semitic languages and the William F. Albright Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A past President of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, he received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974. Dr. McCarter is a prolific writer who has authored many books and articles on Biblical Studies including Ancient Inscriptions: Voices from the Biblical World.

Monday, October 22, 2012: "The Exodus Narrative — Did it Really Happen? An Egyptologistís Perspective" by Dr. Donald Redford, Pennsylvania State University

Donald B. Redford is Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Pennsylvania State University. A world-renowned Egyptologist, he directs the Akhenaten Temple Project and leads an excavation in Egypt at Mendes. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Redford is a prolific author whose books include Egypt, Canaan and Israel in Ancient Times and his most recent work, City of the Ram-Man: the Story of Ancient Mendes. Redford

Monday, October 29, 2012: "The Israel Stela of Pharaoh Merenptah: Earliest Extra-Biblical Reference to Israel" by Dr. Peter Brand, University of Memphis

Brand Peter J. Brand is Dunavant Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Recipient of the Britten Fellowship, NEH and Kress Foundation grants, Dr. Brand has worked in the Temple of Amen-Re for the past decade as Field Director of the Karnak Great Hypostyle Project. He is the author of two books including The Monuments of Seti I and their Historical Significance.

Monday, November 5, 2012: "The Settlement of the Hill Country of Canaan around 1200 BCE" by Dr. Robert Mullins, Azusa Pacific University

Robert A. Mullins, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University, received his PhD from Hebrew University in 2003. Recipient of both NEH and Montgomery Fellowships, he has excavated at numerous sites in Israel including Beth Shean, Gezer, Masada, Dor and Lachish, over a 20 year period. Dr. Mullins co-authored Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, 1989-1996, Volume II, the Middle and Late Bronze Ages with site director Dr. Amihai Mazar. Mullins

VIDEO and AUDIO RECORDINGS: DVDs and CDs are available for this series. DVDs are $28 per lecture, $90 for the full series (4 programs); CDs are $21 per lecture, $70 for the series. Price includes shipping and tax. Order from California Museum of Ancient Art, P. O. Box 10515, Beverly Hills, CA 90213.