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Egypt and Israel
October 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This talk will survey the many interconnections between Egypt and Israel during the biblical period, with a special focus on the manner in which Egyptian literary, religious, and magical texts inform the biblical narratives of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) and Moses (Exodus 1-15). To mention just two examples here: just as Isis hides baby Horus amongst the papyrus reeds, so does Moses’s mother hide her baby in similar fashion; and just as Isis suckles Horus, as depicted in various statuettes, so must Moses’s mother become the wet-nurse of her child.