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Hebrews

Why the Joseph Story Portrays Egypt Positively

In the Joseph story, the Egyptian officials, including Pharaoh, are kind and wise. Joseph himself  shaves his beard, puts on Egyptian clothes, takes an Egyptian name, and marries the daughter of an Egyptian priest. Nothing in the text implies that the author thinks any of this is problematic.

Prof.

Susan Niditch

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Don't Call Me Hebrew! The Mysterious Origins of the First Anti-Semitic Slur

Dr.

Yitzhaq Feder

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Who Were the Hebrews?

“Hebrew” in the Bible is often assumed to be another word for “Israelite” – but what does the biblical evidence say and where do the ANE Ḥabiru fit it?

Dr.

Albert D. Friedberg

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Shepherds and Eating with Hebrews: An Abomination to the Egyptians?

Prof.

Jan Assmann

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Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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