Category Archives: Ancient Egypt

Peterson, Leuchter and me in the middle

Over the last few days I have redone my desktop setup. I replaced my huge, noisy old tower with a four-inch by four-inch box. It is totally silent. What a difference a few years makes in technology! Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Leuchter-chieftains and El worship

I decided to come back to something in Mark Leuchter’s approach to Israelite history that has become more important the further I get into The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. The important idea is that before the monarchy … Continue reading

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Leuchter-reimagining the Sea and Moses

I have often given reasons on this blog about why the exodus from Egypt happened. Bible writers embellished the story and there are accounts that do not entirely jibe. But there were Semitic laborers exploited by the Egyptians and there were exodus-like … Continue reading

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Leuchter-a new take on the Merneptah stele

Finally, I have been able to begin to read Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. My readers may have noticed that I have had a focus on the Israelite priesthood in my reading and posting for … Continue reading

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Where they made mummies

Just this week news broke of the discovery of an Egyptian mummification chamber with artifacts, including a very rare silver death mask. Fascinatingly, Genesis portrays the patriarch, Jacob, as having undergone Egyptian mummification (Genesis 50:1-3). Many news outlets have reported this … Continue reading

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What really happened when the kingdom divided

This week I expect to post a few more random thoughts about things that interest me, while I am trying to figure out how to handle my next book project. Today I want to talk about what might have happened … Continue reading

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The imprecision of Carbon 14 dating

The headline is: A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It Wow! That probably gives hope to those who want to change the standard dating and chronology of the Ancient Near East … Continue reading

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