HDS 1122

Ancient Egypt and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Bernd U. Schipper


The quest for the cultural influence of Pharaonic Egypt on the Hebrew Bible is as old as scholarly interest in the Bible itself. Starting with Ancient Historians such as Herodotus or Diodorus, and extending from the Renaissance era up to the present, scholars have been searching for traces of Egypt in the literature of the Hebrew Bible. This lecture course begins with a brief overview of cultural contacts, investigating the connections between various pieces of literature such as Psalm 104 and the Egyptian Hymn to Aten, Proverbs 22-24 and the Instruction of Amenemope, as well as less well-known literature like Psalm 20 and an Aramaic-Demotic Papyri from Ptolemaic Egypt, or the 'Apocalyptic' Prophecy of the Potter and the Oracle on Egypt in Isaiah 19.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as ANE 128


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Tues 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None