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End of The Beginning
End of The Beginning
Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, all the elders of the land of Egypt, All the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house... There went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. Genesis 50:6-9
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Joseph's Palace and Tomb?
revealed through the discovery of numerous inscriptions that many of
the rulers in the Nile Delta region during the 14th Dynasty had
Semitic names, due to the influx of people from the Levant,
especially Semites, into the Nile Delta region during this period.
Semites held positions ranging from a lowly slave to a powerful
chancellor, just as the books of Genesis and Exodus depict. Joseph
was probably a ruler or government official during this same time
Adjacent is a cemetery, and the largest tomb (Tomb 1, probably belonging to the villa owner) contained a broken statue of an Asiatic that had been defaced.
This defacement could
have occurred after the Hyksos were expelled and the Egyptians
destroyed their monuments and art. The statue was easily identified
as Asiatic because of the hairstyle, the fragments of yellow
coloring found, and the throwstick on the shoulder—the hieroglyphic
determinative for a person from the Levant. The statue was about 1.5
times the height of a normal man, indicating a person of importance.
The tomb was underground, and covered by a small pyramid structure.
A small chapel is located at the entrance of the tomb before the
burial chamber, typical of Egyptian construction. However, the
sarcophagus was discovered empty, although the other tombs in the
cemetery still contained their bodies and actual corpses are not
normally stolen during tomb robbery. A few archaeologists have
suggested this could have been Joseph’s villa and tomb, and that the
body is missing because it was taken back to Canaan by Moses
(Genesis 50:25-26). However, it is also possible that Joseph lived
at Heliopolis to the south, since he married a daughter of a priest
of On/Heliopolis (Genesis 41:45).
Reprinted with thanks from allaboutarchaeology.com
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As the Book of Beginnings unfolds its final chapter, Chapter 50, we come to the end of the Era of the Patriarchs as well as the entire Book of Genesis. Consistent with our journey through this unique book, here we will find more than a mere continuation of the narrative, or in this case, a wrap-up. Instead, we learn still more about YHWH and His friend, Jacob Israel and Israel's sons. We will encounter some surprises AND we will find a great deal that speaks to the Remnant of Israel in these last days. This is also timely for this ongoing period of Teshuvah (Return/Repentance) which began on the 1st day of the 6th month and ends with the 10th day of the 7th month, the Day of Atonement. In fact, we have an episode here in the lives of our Tribal Fathers that provides us with important lessons having to do with forgiveness and repentance. Don't miss it on Tsiyon Road, this Sabbath!
Blessings and Shalom!
Eliyahu ben David
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