The Egyptians

The Egyptians wrote down many things, but strangely nothing of these apparently insignificant events were worth writing or documenting, right? No flood? No Jericho? No plagues? No Moses? No Jesus!

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Hello, I am an atheist because of reason and personal experience. I am a father of THREE lovely living kids and two dead embryos, married to a lovely Christian Catholic devoted woman. Yes, black and white can coexist as long as there is respect and love, which is something abstracted from any belief or religion. I do not claim absolute truth and not 100% sure that a God does not exist somewhere out there. The scientific method is what I use to connect to reality. If there is something I don't understand, then it is because i don't understand, not because god exists. In case you haven't noticed, I am a native Arab, and English is my third language (yes there is second language). I like reading the Bible and the Quran and the critics of both of them. I also love watching documentaries especially astronomy, cosmology, Quantum Physics, and new discoveries in science in general, and Physics in particular.
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7 Responses to The Egyptians

  1. bobbyv231 says:

    According to the bible, the flood occurred in around 4400 BC whereas the Egyptian civilization didn’t even exist until around 3150 BC. The flood was said to have occurred well before the Egyptian civilization.

    • Mike says:

      Do I take it that you take the bible as a serious historical book? What about Moses? Opening the see? Frogs and the death of all male first borns? Or are you cherry picking?

      • bobbyv231 says:

        Well it all comes down to does God exist, because if God exists then miracles could be performed. And I personally believe that God does exists so I’m not cherry picking.

  2. Moses and the Plagues are legitimate gripes, but there’s no reason to expect the Egyptians would have known about Jericho or Jesus.

    Incidentally, the Egyptian creation myth begins with Primordial Waters. I’ve heard some Creationists attempt to link this to the Flood, though I would contend that such an attribution is fairly untenable.

  3. chaddamitz says:

    Nicolas Grimal, a French Egyptologist and scholar who leads the Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Egypt, states this concerning the events recorded from the Bible.

    The Biblical account of the ten plagues is quite detailed. It describes the pollution of the water supply, and devastation of the livestock and vegetation of the land. The Israelites left, depriving the land of its slave labor, and they carried away much of the land’s wealth in the form of silver, gold, and clothing (Exodus 12:36). Also, the army and the Pharaoh were drowned in the “Red Sea,” leaving the country with weakened defenses. The Exodus must surely have left a bold signature in Egyptian history. What do the historians find following the reign of Pepy II’s successor?

    Pepy II’s successor was the final Pharaoh of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. Grimal says: “The Old Kingdom ended with a period of great confusion.” (page 89). Summarizing an ancient Egyptian literary/historical work called Admonitions, which comments on Egypt following the reign of Pepy II’s successor, Grimal says:

    It was the collapse of the whole society, and Egypt itself had become a world in turmoil, exposed to the horrors of chaos which was always waiting for the moment when the personification of the divine being – the Pharaoh – neglected his duties or simply disappeared. (Grimal, page 138).

    This time period was characterized by famine, an expected result of the plagues described in the book of Exodus. This famine was limited to the Nile valley (Grimal, page 139)—as the Bible’s narrative would lead one to expect. There was anarchy and a struggle for political power. Egypt’s foreign trade ceased and Egyptian mining in the Sinai peninsula “also seems to have been abandoned” (Grimal, page 139). The nation of Egypt had obviously suffered a severe blow—as one would expect from what the Bible tells us of the events accompanying the Exodus.

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