Joanne Backhouse and Michael Tunnicliffe
This course will examine how the concept of evil is developed and personified in ancient Egypt and the Bible.
The gods Seth and Aphosis will be consider from the Egyptian pantheon, both key figures in the maintenance of the Egyptian cosmos. Wisdom texts illustrate the guiding principles by which the Egyptians sought to live, demonstrating the concepts of good and evil.
By contrast the figure of Satan only appears three times in the Old Testament but is much more prominent in the New. How did this change come about and what images did the biblical writers draw on for their concept of an evil force at odds with God? How did later theologians and artists develop these ideas?
- Quirke, S. (1992) Ancient Egyptian Religion. London: British Museum Press (particularly Chapters Two and Three)
- Lichtheim, M. (1973) Ancient Egyptian Literature: The Old and Middle Kingdoms. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Part One: V. Didactic Literature)
- Lichtheim, M. (1976) Ancient Egyptian Literature: The New Kingdom. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Part Four: Instructions)
- Bible Texts with commentaries – Genesis 3, Job 1-2, Zechariah 3, Luke 4:1-11, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 12-13
Day: Saturday 9 November 2019 Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
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Please send your MANCENT booking form with accompanying payment to one of the address below. If you prefer to pay through BACS, please contact one of the lecturers for further particulars.
Dr Joanne Backhouse, 42 Urmson Road, Wallasey, Merseyside CH45 7LG
email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 07724 947963
Michael Tunnicliffe, 5 St Georges Way, Northwich CW9 8XG
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