Israelites found in Ancient Egypt

Israelite house remains in Egypt

For a long time, archaeologists and biblical minimalists have renounced the idea of an Israelite captivity in Egypt corresponding to the biblical record of the Exodus. Today, evidence has been published to the contrary. Manfred Bietak, director of the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Vienna and of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo, has published an article in the Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) citing several evidences of the existence of ancient Israelite slaves in Egypt.

Although he draws on a number of sources, Bietak’s impetus was the recent unearthing of Israelite-style four-room homes found among Medinet Habu, opposite Luxor in Egypt near the remains of the temple of Ay and Horemheb. He compares these homes to the many which have been found in excavations in the land of Israel, and notes the distinct similarities of pattern & function, making a clear point to say they are not Egyptian at all in design.

This is an important discovery by which archaeology begins corroborating the evidences of the biblical record yet again. And although the timeline doesn’t seem to entirely match, this is a great moment for those anyone who both appreciates the science of archaeology, but holds to the authority of the biblical record.

Read the very detailed article here.

Update:

In 2009 there was evidence found in Egypt of the biblical Joseph. The coins contained both Joseph’s Hebrew and Egyptian name, along with an image of a cow to represent Pharaoh’s dream. You can read about it here and here.

Moses, The Alabaster Jar and the Haggadah

What do these three things have in common? Scripture says that wherever the Gospel is preached, the story of the woman with the alabaster jar will be told, “in memory of her.” (Mark 14:1-9) However, her name is never mentioned. You would think if the event was that important her name would be mentioned to add to this memorial. This is where the Moses & the Haggadah come in.

When the Exodus event is mentioned, what main character comes to mind? None other than Moses. However, what main character is mysteriously absent from the Passover Haggadah? Moses.

Why is this so? It is to teach us that the story of redemption is not about this person or that. It is about the plan of Hashem to redeem mankind. Too many times we are miffed when we are not recognized for what a great mitzvah we performed. We’ve done something really great (like holding our tongue when all of our soul is screaming out inside), and yet no one really cares. As a matter of fact, they expect more and push all of our buttons in just the wrong spots.

This is where remembrance becomes the key to our redemption. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about Hashem and His Messiah. If we have done our part, all we can hope to merit is saying, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty” (Luke 17:10). “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30).