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Prof Avigdor Shinan Public Lecture at Paideia 2013: The Story about Abraham and Sarah in Egypt (Genesis 12) – as retold in Ancient Jewish Literature

loggaurwitz-265x300The lecture deals with selected ancient texts which re-tell with the biblical episode about the sojourn of Abraham and Sarah in Egypt (Genesis 12) – the story in which Sarah is taken to Pharaoh\’s court as a wife.
We intend to show how ancient writers – such as the historian Flavius Josephus, the Rabbis of the Talmud or a member of the Dead Sea sect – dealt with this problematic story, pointing at the diversity of questions and answers that this short biblical episode gave birth to.The lecture can be seen as a good example to the complicated but fascinating process which every biblical story underwent from ancient times till ours.

Avigdor Shinan was born in Prague 1946 and arrived to Israel in 1949. His academic studies (BA, PhD) were at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught since 1972 at the Department of Hebrew Literature (full professor since 1998). His fields of research are the Midrashic and Aggadic literature, the Aramaic Translations of the Bible and the Jewish Prayer book. His list of publication contains more than 120 scholarly articles and 8 books.

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