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Egyptians Say They Found Proof of Biblical Joseph
September 25, 2009, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Archeology


Sep. 25, 2009

> CAIRO – Ancient coins bearing the name and image of biblical Joseph have been found from the Museum of Egypt, contradicting claims made by some historians that coins were not used for trade in olden Egypt.

“The researcher identified coins from many different periods, including coins that bore special markings identifying them as being from the era of Joseph. Among these, there was one coin that had an inscription on it, and an image of a cow symbolizing Pharaoh’s dream about the seven fat cows and seven lean cows, and the seven green stalks of grain and seven dry stalks of grain. It was found that the inscriptions of this early period were usually simple, since writing was still in its early stages, and consequently there was difficulty in deciphering the writing on these coins. But the research team [managed to] translate [the writing on the coin] by comparing it to the earliest known hieroglyphic texts…

“Joseph’s name appears twice on this coin, written in hieroglyphs: once the original name, Joseph, and once his Egyptian name, Saba Sabani, which was given to him by Pharaoh when he became treasurer. There is also an image of Joseph, who was part of the Egyptian administration at the time.

Whether you believe that the biblical account of Joseph did happen (or something close to the biblical account), or even if you don’t, this account of an Egyptian archeological find in a leading Egyptian Newspaper is very cool According to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, by Wajih Al-Saqqar, archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins bearing the name and image of the Biblical Joseph.

> Archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins
> bearing the name and image of biblical Joseph, Al Ahram
> recently reported. Excerpts provided by MEMRI show that the
> coins were discovered among a multitude of unsorted
> artifacts stored at the Museum of Egypt.
> According to the report, the significance of the find is
> that archeologists have found scientific evidence countering
> the claim held by some historians that coins were not used
> for trade in ancient Egypt, and that this was done through
> barter instead.
> The period in which Joseph was regarded to have lived in
> Egypt matches the minting of the coins in the cache,
> researchers said.
> “A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the
> year in which they were minted and their value, or effigies
> of the pharaohs [who ruled] at the time of their minting.
> Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in
> Egypt, and bear his name and portrait.
> The discovery of the cache prompted research team head Dr.
> Sa’id Muhammad Thabet to seek Koranic verses that speak of
> coins used in ancient Egypt.
> “Studies by Dr. Thabet’s team have revealed that what most
> archeologists took for a kind of charm, and others took for
> an ornament or adornment, is actually a coin. Several [facts
> led them to this conclusion]: first, [the fact that] many
> such coins have been found at various [archeological sites],
> and also [the fact that] they are round or oval in shape,
> and have two faces: one with an inscription, called the
> inscribed face, and one with an image, called the engraved
> face – just like the coins we use today,” the report said.


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