BIBLE and EGYPTIAN CHRONOLOGY
Hello once more all my fine friends! My oldest daughter and grandson came to visit for the weekend and we had such a wonderful time! So much so that my grandbaby cried and cried when we had to leave! Does that ever happen to you other grandparents out there? My grandson is in such a cute stage right now, he is beginning to learn new words. When my daughter and I went for a walk we brought along my little dog whose name is Adele. Because we had to call her several times, my grandson now knows the word Adele! He is progressing from one stage to the next so fast!
We can say the same for some of Egypt’s kingdoms too. At least for the pharaohs, their reign would have past them by quicker than they would have wanted. Using the same timeline (Down’s Revised Chronology) from the last two blogs, you can see we are now at approximately 1080 B.C. And the beginning of the 18th dynasty. This time period denotes what historians call the New Kingdom.
|RELIEF OF KING HADAD|
At this time David had reigned over Israel and in 1 Kings 11:14-20 Egypt is mentioned; “Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom. Joab and all the Israelites stayed there for six months, until they had destroyed all the men in Edom. But Hadad, still only a boy, fled to Egypt with some Edomite officials who had served his father. They set out from Midian and went to Paran. Then taking people from Paran with them, they went to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house and land and provided him with food.
|SCULPTURE OF KING HADAD|
Pharaoh was so pleased with Hadad that he gave him a sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage. The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh’s own children.” And eventually Genubath became king of Edom. We know from the genealogies recorded in the Bible that this event took place shortly after 1100 B.C. Which is the beginning of the 18th Egyptian dynasty.
Ahmose was the founder of the 18th dynasty and in his records there is a reference to a name very similar to Tahpenes. Then again later in this same dynasty when Thutmosis III ruled, he received tribute from the land of Genubatye. The traditional Egyptian timeline would place these events almost a thousand years apart. But when two historical documents match up, it is only logical that we “listen” to what the physical evidence tells us and not what man wants it to be.
|WRITING THAT MENTIONS KING HADAD|
There is more records of this time period. Around 971 B.C. and stated in 1 Kings 14:25, it is in “the fifth year of King Rehoboam, (when) Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.” Now listen to this, “When Thutmosis III became pharaoh, he conquered much of Palestine, ultimately taking away the treasures in Rehoboam’s Jerusalem without a battle. He listed these treasures on the wall of the temple at Karnak. His list mirrors the Bible’s account from 1 Kings 6:32, 10:17, and 14:25–26, including the 300 gold shields and doors overlaid with gold.” Shishak can be none other than Thutmosis III.
More evidence abounds and we will take a look at that next week. It has always baffled me that with such outstanding evidence certain people would still choose to ignore it and rather stake their claims and their reputations on shaky grounds.
Until next time, take care and God bless,
This week in the night skies; This week in the night skies; “Friday, January 31, The Moon is back in the evening sky, as a thin waxing crescent to the lower right of Mercury. Look very low above the west-southwest horizon in twilight.”1 Also a “...bright new Type 1a supernova has been discovered in the galaxy M82, it has now been given the permanent designation of SN 2014J. Currently around magnitude 11 (I get it a little bit brighter), it is expected to brighten over the coming days, and may reach the binocular visible level of magnitude 8. The supernova was discovered by accident, during a workshop on CCD imaging techniques. It is one of the closest supernova to us in recent decades….Unfortunately it is only visible from the northern hemisphere, in the Constellation of Ursa Major, not far from the brightest star in Ursa Major, Dubhe. The Galaxy M82 is reasonably bright, at magnitude 8.6, and the brightening supernova can be picked up with relatively short exposures. At the moment the best time to image the supernova is between 12:00 am and 2:000 am, when it is high in the sky.”2
Ham, Ken, The new answers book 2. Green Forest, AR. Master Books, 2012. Pp 269-263. Chart, pp. 247.