Mesu Andrews’s The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Carole Towriss Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Book Reviews 0 Comments

These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married. ~1 Chronicles 4:18 I love biblical fiction, and Mesu writes some of the best. Her latest, The Pharaoh’s Daughter is breathtaking. It is the story of Anippe, daughter of Horemheb, sister of King Tut, pharaoh of the Exodus. Terrified of dying in childbirth, it is she who finds Moses …

Ancient Hebron, home of Abraham

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Hebron: one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the world, and the oldest Jewish community. Over 3,000 feet above sea level, this city lies on the Way of the Patriarchs, the main highway connecting Jerusalem and parts farther north with Egypt. Genesis 23 tells us that Abraham purchased a plot of ground in Hebron for a burial cave for …

When is an hour not an hour?

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Keeping track of the passage of time was crucial to the ancient Egyptians, especially to the astronomers and priests who were responsible for determining the exact hour for the daily rituals and sacrifices. They divided the day into two equal periods of twelve hours each. However, due to the revolution of the earth around the sun, the length of the hours …

What’s a “naja haje”?

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The Egyptian cobra, also called a “naja haje,” is most likely the snake the magicians in Pharaoh’s court used in their duel with Moses. It is the most dangerous and one of the largest cobras of the African continent. When disturbed, cobras have the ability to raise the front quarter of their bodies off the ground and spread their necks …