It is a delight to witness the publication of a Festschrift to honor Donald Bruce Redford in advance of his seventieth birthday. This volume of essays on topics related to Don's interests in Egyptian history, Israelite history, and the contacts between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world during the later periods (New Kingdom onward) is a token of our gratitude to Don for all of his many contributions to our respective fields.1 As a true generalist, Don represents a rare and vanishing breed in Egyptological and ancient Near Eastern studies. His intellectual interests are not limited to a single discipline, nor is his scholarship confined to work on a single civilization. Don's training is historical, philological, epigraphic, and archaeological in nature. In keeping with his wide-ranging education, Don's publications have had a substantial impact in the fields of Egyptology, ancient Near Eastern history, archaeology, and biblical studies.
Before introducing the individual contributions of colleagues and former students to this collection, it seems appropriate to devote some space to honor the public career of the man to whom this volume is dedicated. Don received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. During the course of his training, Don also profited from his graduate studies at Brown University and from his work with Friedl Needler at the Royal Ontario Museum. His dissertation, written under the direction of R.A. Caminos of Brown University and Ronald Williams of the University of Toronto, dealt with the chronology of the 18th Dynasty. This collection of seven studies was later published by the University of Toronto Press (1967) under the
In editing this volume, I want to acknowledge the helpful assistance of three
graduate students in the History department at Penn State: Deirdre Fulton, Matthew
Adams, and Eugene Shaw-Colyer.