Of Mummified Crocodiles and Ancient Court Records: A Window on Jewish Legal Reasoning in Greco-Roman Egypt
Presented by Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies Rob Kugler
When Greeks and Romans ruled ancient Egypt, legal documents discarded from notary offices were often recycled as mummy wrappings for the crocodiles sacred to the Egyptian Sobek cult. In this presentation we’ll take a look at some legal complaints filed by Jews living in Egypt recovered from one such mummy—and discover in the bargain that this mummy and these Jews can teach us something about identity-maintenance in multicultural contexts.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
5:00 p.m. (PDT), Virtual lecture via Zoom followed by Q&A
Learn more about Professor Kugler here.
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