Egyptian ‘Tale of Sinuhe’ Influenced by Exodus Account of Moses

Published July 23, 2014 by amaic
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Because of the appalling chronological dislocation of dynasties due to the conventional Sothic theory of the Egyptian calendar, see:

“Fall of the Sothic Theory: Egyptian Chronology Revisited”

 http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/tj/v17/n3/sothic-theory

we end up with the biblical events associated with Egypt (e.g. those of the Exodus era) regarded as having been based entirely upon the less substantial Egyptian mythology that these biblical events had actually influenced.

A classic example of this is the famous The Story of Sinuhe, that bears some striking likenesses to the life of Moses (especially his flight to, and return from, Midian). Many have perceived the likenesses. But because Sinuhe is set during the early Twelfth Dynasty (c. 2000 BC, conventional dating), then ‘it must have influenced’, they say (and logically so in a Sothic dating context), the ‘later’ Exodus tales.

Professor Emmanuel Anati, for one, has recognized this Egyptian story, the famous Tale of Sinuhe, as having “a common matrix” (Mountain of God, p. 158) with the Exodus account of Moses’ flight from pharaoh.

And also (http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2053940,00.html):

…. Nahum Sarna, in his book Exploring Exodus, notes the story’s similarities to an Egyptian tale circulating at the time of Rameses. In it, the courtier Sinuhe takes refuge with Bedouins in southern Syria fearing he will be blamed for the assassination of a Pharaoh; there he marries the eldest daughter of the local chief. In the end, Sinuhe returns to Egypt to face the new Pharaoh.

Such tales of political refuge and return abound in the ancient Near East. But could someone like Moses ever become a prince?

In his book (http://global.oup.com/academic/product/israel-in-egypt-9780195130881;jsessionid),

{Israel in Egypt

The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition

James K. Hoffmeier

  • A pathbreaking book that argues for the historicity of the biblical account of the exodus
  • Will interest a large reading public of specialists and non-specialists alike}

….

Hoffmeier notes that the Egyptian court reared and educated foreign-born princes, who then bore the title child of the nursery. He believes Moses was one of these privileged foreigners, some of whom went on to serve as high officials in their adopted land. …. [End of quote]

In a revised history, Moses did in fact belong to the era of Egypt’s Twelfth Dynasty (and not the conventionally estimated New kingdom) which ancient dynasty needs to be re-located about half a millennium lower on the timescale than according to its conventional dates.
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