Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
by Matthias Henze
The Jews of ancient Israel had a long and complicated history with Egypt, their neighbor to the South. It begins with Abraham and Sarah, who moved into Egypt because of a drought, continues with Joseph and the Exodus story. The prophet Jeremiah writes of Jews living in Egypt in the sixth century BC, and in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 BC Jews immigrated to Egypt on a large scale. Dr. Matthias Henze will give a historical survey and discusses the significance of Egypt for ancient Israel. Matthias Henze is Watt J. Lilly G. Jackson Professor of Biblical Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University. This lecture is co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.