The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus (Paperback)
  • The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus (Paperback)
zoom

The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Story of Exodus (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£22.00
Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 05/07/2011
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
For more than four decades, biblical experts have tried to place the story of Exodus into historical context--without success. What could explain the Nile turning to blood, insects swarming the land, and the sky falling to darkness? Integrating biblical accounts with substantive archaeological evidence, The Parting of the Sea looks at how natural phenomena shaped the stories of Exodus, the Sojourn in the Wilderness, and the Israelite conquest of Canaan. Barbara Sivertsen demonstrates that the Exodus was in fact two separate exoduses both triggered by volcanic eruptions--and provides scientific explanations for the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. Over time, Israelite oral tradition combined these events into the Exodus narrative known today. Skillfully unifying textual and archaeological records with details of ancient geological events, Sivertsen shows how the first exodus followed a 1628 B.C.E Minoan eruption that produced all but one of the first nine plagues. The second exodus followed an eruption of a volcano off the Aegean island of Yali almost two centuries later, creating the tenth plague of darkness and a series of tsunamis that "parted the sea" and drowned the pursuing Egyptian army. Sivertsen's brilliant account explains inconsistencies in the biblical story, fits chronologically with the conquest of Jericho, and confirms that the Israelites were in Canaan before the end of the sixteenth century B.C.E. In examining oral traditions and how these practices absorb and process geological details through storytelling, The Parting of the Sea reveals how powerful historical narratives are transformed into myth.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691150215
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Providing what may be the most coherent correlation yet of ancient Egyptian history, the archeology of both Egypt and Palestine, and the biblical traditions of pre-literate Israel, Sivertsen also thoroughly documents and explains each interdisciplinary facet (including volcanism and tectonics as well as oral transmission in non-literate societies). This outstanding accomplishment should be a source of research direction for years to come."--Publishers Weekly Review Annex, Web Pick of the Week "Reaching the end of this book, all I could think was, 'this is blowing my mind.' Not to be overwrought, but Barbara Sivertsen's The Parting of the Sea rewrites the major story of the Jewish people, that of the Exodus from Egypt. Assembling and interpreting a dizzying amount of scientific material, Sivertsen documents how earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and a tsunami played key roles in establishing Jewish people in the land of Canaan."--Jewish Book World "[I]t is a well researched and at times scientific review of a biblical story... This book, while it does not answer all the questions, does raise theories that can be tested in the future."--Hannah Friedman, Journal of Archaeological Science

You may also be interested in...

A History of Ancient Britain
Added to basket
The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
The Classical World
Added to basket
Alexander the Great
Added to basket
The Trojan War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Persian Fire
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The First Ladies of Rome
Added to basket
Pagan Britain
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
It's All Greek to Me
Added to basket
Rubicon
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Twelve Caesars
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Spartans
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Augustus
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
History of the Peloponnesian War
Added to basket

“Awesome natural phenomena are mistaken for God”

Although this book is not always an easy read, it well repays the effort of sticking with it. It is a wonderful analysis of documentary, archaeological and biblical sources showing how the stories of the Exodus and... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 25

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.