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Ancient Israel's "Egyptian" Tribe: The Mystery of the Levites

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

What if the Levites were the only tribe to come out of Egypt in the Exodus? What made them different from the other Israelite tribes they joined in the land of Canaan? Were any of those tribes of 'foreign' origin as well? And how did these ‘foreign influences’ affect the origins of Judaism?

Our class will explore these questions and offer possible answers, drawing on Richard Elliott Friedman’s new bestseller, The Exodus, as well as other archaeological, historical and textual sources.

Recommended Text: R.E. Friedman, The Exodus, HarperOne, 2017.

The first two sessions are recordings, last session will take place at Lehrhaus.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sundays, April 22 - May 6
6:05 - 7:30 pm

$45 for the public
$40 for members
$35 for seniors and students
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 22 6:05 PM–7:30 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Apr 29 6:05 PM–7:30 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
May 06 6:05 PM–7:30 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist


Lehrhaus Judaica

2736 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is a Senior Educator for Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.