Lectures – Forthcoming

MONDAY 26th JUNE 2017 (AGM Lecture)

PROFESSOR JAMES AITKEN

(University of Cambridge)

LIGHT ON THE JEWS OF PTOLEMAIC EGYPT

6.00pm–Institute of Archaeology, Lecture Theatre G6, Ground Floor, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

The Society’s AGM commences at 5.00pm preceding the lecture

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Mosaic depiction of Hellenistic Egypt-Image: Courtesy of James Aitken

The Ptolemaic era in Egypt (third to first centuries BCE) was a prosperous time for Jews judging by the literary productivity that can be assigned there. Yet, we know little about the Jewish community in this important period. The slim information we have from inscriptions and papyri has now been supplemented by major finds. Placing the new finds in context, the lecture will show how we might construct a renewed appreciation of the place of Jews in Egyptian society.

James Aitken is Reader in Hebrew and Early Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on Second Temple Judaism, including the use of Hebrew and Greek among Jews. He is currently investigating the origins of the Greek Bible translation in third century BCE Egypt and its place within Egyptian society. Publications include The Semantics of Blessing and Cursing in Ancient Hebrew (2007), No Stone Unturned: Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary (2014) and the T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint (2015).

Organised jointly with Institute of Archaeology, London

followed by refreshments