Professor of Archaeology, Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University
“The Emergence of Israel in Canaan: Interaction and Boundary Maintenance in the Iron Age I”
ABSTRACT: The time of Israel’s emergence in Canaan and the processes which gave rise to this ethnic entity are among the thorniest problems in biblical archaeology. These questions have, consequently, received much scholarly attention, and the topics also have their share of public interest. Views vary greatly, with some scholars even questioning the mere existence of ancient Israel. The lecture will scrutinize the archaeological evidence in order to learn about the timing and processes that accompanied Israel’s ethnogenesis. Notably, Israel’s ethnogenesis was a long process in which this group interacted with other groups – and mainly the Philistines, their “arch-enemies” – and self-identified itself vis-à-vis them. The lecture will also discuss the changing nature of the relations between the different groups that existed in Canaan at the time – Israelites, Canaanites and Philistines – how they used and manipulated various symbols of identity, and the various mechanisms of boundary maintenance that were operating during this formative period.
with a response by
Associate Professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Monday, May 6th, 2013
4:30-6:00pm, Classics 110