Waters of the Exodus

Jewish Experiences with Water in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

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In Waters of the Exodus, Nathalie LaCoste examines the Diasporic Jewish community in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and their relationship to the hydric environment. By focusing on four retellings of the exodus narrative composed by Egyptian Jews—Artapanus, Ezekiel the Tragedian, Wisdom of Solomon, and Philo of Alexandria—she lays out how the hydric environment of Egypt, and specifically the Nile river, shaped the transmission of the exodus story. Mapping these observations onto the physical landscape of Egypt provides a new perspective on the formation of Jewish communities in Egypt.

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Nathalie LaCoste, Ph.D. (2016), University of Toronto, teaches Biblical Studies at Queens College, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has published on Jewish Hellenistic literature and Egyptian Judaism in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.
Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction

1 Jewish Life within Egypt: A Regional Analysis of Judaism in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
 1 Nile Valley
 2 Delta
 3 Fayum
 4 Summary of Regional Analysis
 5 Conclusion

2 Four Exodus Narratives of Egypt: Shared Characteristics
 1 The Many Exodus Narratives of Antiquity
 2 The Exodus Narratives from Egypt

3 Adopting the Language of the Environment of Egypt: Hydric Terminology in the Exodus Narratives
 1 The Nile River
 2 Canals and Other Bodies of Water
 3 The Sea of Reeds
 4 Challenges and Observations: Hydric Terminology and the Jews of Egypt

4 Shifting Perceptions of the Land of Egypt
 1 Egypt as “Other” in the Hebrew Bible (and Other Non-Egyptian Texts)
 2 Egypt Adopted as “Home” in Jewish Egyptian Exodus Narratives

5 The Quest for Origins: Jewish Perspectives on the Source of the Nile Flood
 1 The Flood Cycle
 2 The Sacred Flood Water
 3 Egyptian Perspectives
 4 Greek Perspectives
 5 Roman Perspectives
 6 Jewish Perspectives on the Nile Flood

Conclusion: The Fluvial Experiences of the Jews of Egypt
Bibliography
Author Index
Source Index
Subject Index
All interested in the development of Judaism in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and anyone concerned with the role of the fluvial environment in shaping Jewish writings.