It is generally accepted by scholars that many ancient mythological traditions have found their way into Christianity and later times. As there have been many connections between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel throughout history, it is possible to explore similarities between Egyptian religion and Biblical religion. Indeed, many Egyptologists in the 19th century were mainly concerned with discovering cultural records and thus evidence for certain biblical events.
This talk focuses on the development of the characters of Satan and Set, without intending to prove or disprove the the historicity of Biblical events or characters.
Dr Judit Blair studied as an undergraduate in Romania and received a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in Theology, before going on to the University of Edinburgh, where she studied for MTh in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament entitled De-Demonising the Old Testament (published by Mohr Siebeck in 2009). Judit worked as a Teaching Assistant at New College, Edinburgh University, tutoring courses such as Religion (ANE, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as Eastern Religions), Biblical Studies and Hebrew. She has worked as a secondary teacher of Mathematics and Religious Studies and has been lecturing at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Open Learning since 2014 (Myths, Monarchs and Monuments of Ancient Egypt) and from February this year also at Glasgow University Short Courses (Aspects of Ancient Near Eastern Demonology and Egypt and the Bible).