The Ian & Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture

Professor Sarah Pearce

Karten Professor of Ancient Jewish Studies, University of Southampton

Tuesday 21st May 2013 – Lecture Theatre A (Avenue Campus) 6:00pm

Reception: 5:30pm North Corridor 

 Getting Exodus right? Greeks, Romans and Jewish Slavery

The classic view of the Exodus celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from enslavement in Egypt. Provocatively, this lecture will explore the impact of the Exodus tradition on Jews of the Greek and Roman world, in which slavery was a fact of life. What did Jews – and their non-Jewish neighbours – have to say about the experiences of the ancestors of the Jews in Egypt? How did the memory of the Exodus affect the ways in which Jews thought about Jewish origins, slavery, and Jewish life in Egypt under Greek and Roman rule?

Sarah Pearce

After undergraduate studies in Theology, specializing in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, Sarah Pearce completed a DPhil in Jewish Bible interpretation in the Oriental Faculty at the University of Oxford. In 1996, she was appointed the first Ian Karten Fellow in the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish relations at the University of Southampton. She is now Ian Karten Professor of Ancient Jewish Studies, based in the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and the Department of History.

Sarah’s research interests are primarily in the reception and interpretation of traditions of the Bible in antiquity, and their place in the culture and society of Jews in the Hellenistic world and the early Roman Empire. Her current research focuses on the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria, and the ways in which his work as an interpreter of the Greek Bible opens up new perspectives on the world of Roman Alexandria and its Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Her publications include The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo’s Representation of Egypt (2007); Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Rulers (2007); and The Image and Its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity (forthcoming 2013).

Bookings for this event are highly recommended.

Telephone: 023 80592261; Email:

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2 Responses to The Ian & Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture

  1. It sounds like a very interesting topic. Due to the geographical distance, I wonder if there is an electronic version of this presentation. If so, how can I find it?

    • Tom Plant says:

      Hi Gideon, thanks for your comment. I’m afraid there isn’t an electronic version of Sarah’s talk but that’s definitely something we’ll consider in the future! Thanks for the suggestion.

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