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Egypt, the Exodus, and the Passover Story with Sharon Keller

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

We all know the story of the Exodus – we hear it each year in the Torah reading, we discuss it yearly at our seders, and we have our conceptions of illustrations firmly embedded in our minds-eye. But when we look at the story through the lens of Egypt, with actual Egyptian artifacts, what can we see? Not the pyramids, and not the chain-gang slave marches of Hollywood, rather a glimpse of life, a peek at what could be understood in an ancient contemporary context. Examine some of our preconceived notions and therefore see the story in a different light.

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Teacher

Dr. Sharon Keller

Dr. Sharon Keller set her sights on a Ph.D. in Bible and Egyptology studies when she was in the sixth grade, and she steadfastly worked toward that goal, earning her doctorate at NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the areas of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Dr. Keller is currently on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University, where she teaches courses as diverse as Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World and Greco-Roman Comedy. She has been an assistant professor of the Bible and Ancient Semitic languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew Union College.
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