Egypt and the Bible


What are the links between the material in the Bible and the historical and archaeological record from ancient Egypt? Why do scholars produce such differing viewpoints and how did these histories interact between the second millennium and the Roman period?

Programme details

Session 1

What are the issues: Interpreting Archeology, Chronology and Texts

Session 2

The Patriarchs in Egypt: Is there any evidence?

Session 3

Rameses II Pharaoh of the Exodus?

Session 4

The Coming of the Sea Peoples 1200-1000BCE

Session 5

Visit to Ashmolean Museum

Session 6

Visit to Ashmolean Museum

Session 7

Pharaohs and Kings: International Relations 1000-750BCE

Session 8

Pharaohs and Kings: International Relations 750-550BCE

Session 9

The Persian Period 550-330BCE

Session 10

After Alexander: The Greek Period 330-30BCE

Session 11

The New Testament & Ancient Egypt

Session 12

Beyond the New Testament - The Emergence of Egyptian Christianity


* Please note that the cost of any fieldtrips is included in the course fee.


Description Costs
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £850.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1485.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1245.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1600.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1345.00


Mr Michael Tunnicliffe


Michael Tunnicliffe studied Theology at Birmingham and Cambridge specialising in Old Testament studies. He works as a freelance lecturer in the north west of England and has taught Summer School at OUSSA for the past 15 years.

Course aims

This course aims to examine the relationship between Egyptian history and the biblical accounts.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to have gained and/or developed the following skills:

•          Familiarity with the chronology and history of ancient Egypt and the Bible

•          An ability to critically assess the historical reliability of ancient texts

•          An ability to reflect critically on the views of modern scholars

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.