When Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt by his envious brothers, the region of Lower Egypt was dominated by the Hyksos pharaohs, the so-called "Shepherd Kings," who were Semitic in background. This may partially explain why Joseph was eventually installed as vizier to one of these pharaohs, after his prediction of 'plenty' followed by 'famine.' The story of Joseph remains one of the Bible's most beloved accounts, and his lecture endeavors to understand the narrative in light of its historical context. For more free resources, please visit www.brucegore.com.
Beginning with ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia, and finishing with the Roman world of the New Testament, this wide ranging series of lectures will acquaint the student with the major personalities and civilizations that comprise the context of the biblical story. The stories of the Bible take on rich meaning as they are understood against the backdrop of the great events of the ancient world.
This series of lectures will serve as a companion to the textbook by Bruce, which goes by the same title.