Egypt is prominent in the biblical narrative from the time Joseph arrives at Potiphar’s household (Genesis 39), to the time that the larger Israelite nation crosses through the Sea of Reeds (Exodus 15) during the Exodus. And in many ways the story of the Exodus from Egypt starts with the story of Joseph and his rise to power in Egypt. The backdrop of all of this is Egypt, and the biblical text goes to great lengths to make sure that we know it! Join us as we look at the often startling ways that the Bible paints its version of Egypt into these stories.
Dr. Sharon Keller has a Ph.D. in Bible and Egyptology. She is on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University. And she taught Rabbi Alpert when he was a student at Hebrew Union College.