Egyptian gods and kings

In the last month there have been existing discoveries about late Bronze Age Egypt.

First, a trove of statues (idols) from the 14th century reign of Amenhotep III have come to light at Luxor in upper Egypt.  He was the father of Akhenaten and some of the Amarna letters are to and from him.

For text and pictures, see here.

The leader of the German mission, Hourig Sourouzian, said some pieces found are of the goddess sitting, and others of her standing and holding the symbol of life and a sceptre in the form of papyrus, according to the statement.

He confirmed they are well preserved and are of high artistic, scientific and archaeological value because they represent a complete image of the temple.

The figures are of the goddess Sekhmet. She was a goddess of destruction, whose festival was a drunken affair with wild music.  Her popularity has come back with references in songs of some death metal bands.  Apparently the idea of the festival was that she mistook beer for blood and if she got enough beer at the festival, her appetite for blood would be sated.  Did this have anything to do with the biblical plague of the Nile turning to blood?

Then, as you may have seen on the news, a really big statue (26 feet tall, if reassembled) has been found in the mud of a crowded section of Cairo.  It is probably a statue of Ramses II, the great 13th century ruler, whose cities the Israelites may have helped build (Exodus 1:11). It was found in the section of Cairo that in ancient times was the city of Heliopolis or On. For text and pictures, see here.

The method of excavating the Ramses statue has taken criticism.  For a response, see here.


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