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Yu Zhang Academic Year 2015/16

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016

Yu Zhang Academic Year 2015/16

Country: China

Previous formal education: Bachelor of Philosophy in Religious Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Business English; Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies; Shandong University.

International MA thesis track at Tel Aviv University: 

Canaanite Cult Behavior and the Egyptian Political Hegemony: A View from the North of Israel.

Advisors: Dr. Yuval Gadot, and Dr. Shirly Ben Dor Evian.

People’s cult behavior is observable as well as analyzable in the archaeological context through various material finds. The intended thesis would focus on the cultic behavior of people in Canaan during the Late Bronze Age. Most scholars agree that Canaan was in the shadow of Egyptian domination and intensified Egyptian presence in Canaan during the Late Bronze period is well attested in the archaeological record, but it is unclear how the political hegemony was followed by cultural and specifically cultic interaction.

A case in point will be to compare cultic activities at Beth-Shean with those at contemporary Megiddo and Pella. The intended research attempts to re-examine a cultural phenomenon discovered as “lamp and bowl” deposits from these three sites in the North of Israel, in the hope of contributing to achieving a comprehensive understanding of the local cult behavior; further offer an opportunity to gain insight into the Canaanite cult behavior under the political hegemony of Egypt.