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Open Lectures

Our Open Lectures series celebrates the research, projects, collaborations, events and professional practices of our teaching staff at the Centre for Open Learning. Our courses are designed and taught by an extraordinary range of talented and dedicated academics, practitioners and professionals. Many enjoy long and distinguished careers whilst others are in the early stages, perhaps in the midst of their postdoctoral study or working on their first book or exhibition.

Our new series will bring our learning community together to listen and engage with our tutors, as they reveal the story behind their own practices and research, perhaps through a funded project, a commission or continuing professional development.

Seth and Satan

The first Open Lecture of 2019/20, Seth and Satan, explores similarities between Egyptian religion and Biblical religion, focusing on the development of the characters of the god Seth in Egypt, and Satan in the Bible and pseudepigraphal literature.

It is generally accepted by scholars that many ancient mythological traditions have found their way into Christianity and later times. As there have been many connections between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel throughout history, it is possible to explore similarities between Egyptian religion and Biblical religion. Indeed, many Egyptologists in the 19th century were mainly concerned with discovering cultural records and thus evidence for certain biblical events.

This talk is based on one of the lectures from the Ancient Egypt and the Bible short course, and it focuses on the development of the characters of Satan and Set. The full short course looks at similar themes and key figures in the religions of ancient Egypt and Israel, without intending to prove or disprove the historicity of Biblical events or characters.

Judit Blair

Judit studied at the University of Edinburgh for an MTh in Ancient Near East Studies and a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament entitled De-Demonising the Old Testament (published by Mohr Siebeck in 2009). She worked as a Teaching Assistant at University of Edinburgh's New College, tutoring courses in Religion, Biblical Studies and Hebrew. She has been a Teacing Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Open Learning since 2014 (Myths, Monarchs and Monuments of Ancient Egypt and Aspects of Ancient Near Eastern Demonology) and she teaching similar courses on the University of Glasgow's Short Courses programme.

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The event is free and open to the public. To secure your place, tickets have to be booked in advance via this page. The lecture will take place in a lecture theatre which is accessible to wheelchair users and equipped with an induction loop system.

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