Discovering Genesis 6: Abraham in Context: The Amarna Age
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Dr. Places the stories of Genesis 12, 13 and 14 into a historical context. After the defeat of the Hyksos in Egypt, the Theban princes of the 18th dynasty gain control. Hatshepsut expands Egyptian trade and enriches Egypt.. Her rule is followed by Thutmose III, who built up an army and conquered Western Asia. The new Egyptian mercantile class force major changes in the social order that effect politics, art and religion. This period is known as the Amarna Age. Its zenith was reached during the reign of Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti. Akhenaten built a new capital and in El Amarna. The tablets found there known as the Amarna letters, give further historical context to the story of Abraham. In chapter 16, Sarah's maidservant Hagar gives birth to Abraham's first son, Ishmael.
Dr. David Neiman (1921–2004) was professor of Jewish theology at Boston College and specialized in a broad range of fields, including archaeology, Biblical studies, Jewish history and Catholic-Jewish relations. He also organized Boston College’s Institute of Biblical Archeology and participated in nearly a dozen archaeological excavations in Israel. He was the author of Domestic Relations in Antiquity (Little Acorns Press, 1994) as well as a commentary and selected translation of the Book of Job (Massada, 1972). He also wrote several important articles for the Encyclopedia Judaica. His lectures on the Book of Genesis were delivered in 2000 at the University of Judaism in Bel Air, CA.