I’ve been researching the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, and also trying to establish the route of the exodus. Also, I’ve been looking for the time Joseph the son of Jacob came to prominence in Egypt. I feel satisfied that I have narrowed the time periods of both to acceptable ranges.
I believe that Joseph’s Pharaoh was actually two pharaohs. The first pharaoh was Senusret II, during the 12th dynasty of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. During this time, co-regency was accepted and practiced commonly. Seeing how Joseph was made co-regent after giving pharaoh the interpretation of his dream, this fits the Bible account. Also, the time of Senusret II is within the time period described by the Bible as 480 years before Solomon’s temple (1 King 6:1) plus 430 years before Exodus (Exodus 12:40-41) plus the life of Joseph before coming to power in Egypt. That’s over 910 years before Solomon’s temple.
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I don’t believe in magic, and I rarely believe in the improbable.
Growing up, I used to hear the question, “If there was an explosion at a printing company, is it possible for that explosion to result in a perfectly printed and bound copy of the Bible being created?”
The answer of course is “no”. No sane person would claim a fully printed and bound copy of the Bible could be created from a random explosion. The speaker then would continue on to point out that a person needs to create a Bible for it to exist. In the same way, a human being could not have been created by chance of evolution. Humans must have a creator if something much less complex, like a Bible, needs a creator.
I would take this analogy a step further.
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Does the world end April 13, 2029?
No. Even if the asteroid 99942 Apophis hit Australia, resulting in year-round winter-like conditions and contamination of a third of the world’s water with sulfuric acid, I don’t think it would be the end of the world. Don’t get me wrong, it would be bad, with 100’s of millions dead, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
99942 Apophis will pass between the Earth and its communications satellites with the slight possibility of taking out some satellites while zooming by. I don’t think it will actually hit Earth in 2029, but there are likely other smaller asteroids that travel with it that will hit earth.
Remember 367943 Duende? No. I’m sure you don’t. But, the same day it was making its close approach, the 20 meter wide Chelyabinsk meteor blew apart over Russia with the force of a nuclear bomb, sending 1500 people to the hospital, and damaging 7200 buildings.
So, could a companion of Apophis hit Earth. Yeah. Honestly, that won’t likely affect me or anyone I know, so I’m not extremely concerned about a meteor hitting earth that day.
Now on the other hand, I would be very concerned about the change in trajectory of 99942 Apophis caused by this close approach. Also, it’s the asteroids you don’t see that get you. (Poor attempt at humor, but true.)
Look for the results of a person’s labors to know their heart. Do they spread hate and harm, or peace and love? The results of their actions, not their words will show you what is in their heart.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
I had to add “peace” to my computer’s dictionary, today.
I typed the word “peace”, and the computer flagged it as a misspelled word. I found that surprising, so double-checked and then triple-checked my spelling. I spelled peace correctly.
With all the hate and vitriol in this world these days, it shouldn’t surprise me that my computer’s dictionary lacks “peace.” So, I added “peace” to my computer’s dictionary. Not much, but I did something to promote peace in this hate-filled world.