BAS Scholars Series with Alice Mandell

Saturday, September 28, 2024
2-3 pm ET
The Amarna Letters: A Story of Scribes and Kings

- Dr. Alice Mandell, Johns Hopkins University

The BAS Scholars Series program offers a quarterly, stand-alone presentation by noted scholars of the Bible and archaeology.

On September 28, 2024, join Alice Mandell for her compelling talk.


The Amarna Letters: A Story of Scribes and Kings

Many scholars are interested in the Amarna Letters because they give us a glimpse into the land of Canaan “before Israel.” The Canaanite Amarna Letters tell us about the ancient rulers in this region. They also tell us about the Egypt’s empire in this period, and the struggles of ancient people living under their control. Importantly, the Canaanite Letters give us some of the earliest examples of the languages used in Canaan before the biblical period. And yet, the letters tell us so much more—they are scribal artifacts —texts made by scribes for scribes. They tell us about scribal education in different scribal communities, but also the way that individual scribes crafted letters to attract the pharaoh's attention.


Alice Mandell

Alice Mandell is the William Foxwell Albright Chair of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Alice is currently completing her first book, Cuneiform Culture and the Ancestors of Hebrew, which focuses on the Canaanite Amarna Letters, a corpus of cuneiform diplomatic letters between the Egyptian royal court and Levantine polities (mid-14th century BCE). [More Bio]


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