The Old Testament and the Hyksos Pharaohs

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2y May 21, 2019

Disclaimer: This lecture does not reflect the views of The Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages. I provide these for the enjoyment of certain subscribers and they provide an interesting aspect of historiography.

In the Old Testament when Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt by his envious brothers, the region of Lower Egypt was dominated by the Hyksos pharaohs, the so-called "Shepherd Kings," who were Semitic in background. This may partially explain why Joseph was eventually installed as vizier to one of these pharaohs, after his prediction of 'plenty' followed by 'famine.' The story of Joseph remains one of the Bible's most beloved accounts, and his lecture endeavors to understand the narrative in light of its historical context.

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