Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Demotic Egyptian Papyri and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible

From Texts to Literature: Demotic Egyptian Papyri and the Formation of the Hebrew Bible (DEMBIB)

 

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With the continuous publication of numerous papyri in the Demotic Egyptian script during the last two decades, a whole new corpus of Egyptian literature has become available. The DEMBIB project seeks to correlate the newly accessible Demotic papyri with biblical literature.

Like the Hebrew Bible, the Demotic literature is rooted in a scribal culture and displays significant parallels to biblical literature. The main goal of DEMBIB is to offer a new paradigm for understanding the transformation of textual traditions into complex forms of literature in Egypt and “Israel” during the Persian and Hellenistic periods.

 

erc-logo-vertical.jpgThe project DEMBIB was started on January 1st 2022 and is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, grant agreement 101020304 (ERC Advanced Grant).

 

 

For an overview of the project and its main research objectives, click here.