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Dr. Arlette David

Dr. Arlette David


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Interdisciplinary research group ‘The power of Images – Cultural Continuity in Changing Worlds’,

Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies



Semiotics of hieroglyphic script and Egyptian art; Middle and Neo-Egyptian languages; ancient Egyptian legal languages and legal system; Egyptian(izing) finds in Israel; iconography of kingship in Amarna.

Scientific Biography:

trained as a lawyer (LLM from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and as an Egyptologist (Hebrew University), I have published various interdisciplinary researches concerning the ancient Egyptian legal system, its conceptual frame, textual productions, linguistic registers, and legal categorization embedded in the hieroglyphic and hieratic scripts. The study of these scripts and the metaphorical processes they reveal have brought me to investigate the interplay of picture and script in various contexts and to propose new analyses of Egyptian works of art, backed up by Egyptian textual sources. I am now using the same structuralist approach I used in the analysis of ancient Egyptian texts to decrypt pictures of kingship at the times of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.