Could Joseph and Imhotep have been the same person?

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A statue thought to Djoser's inscribed with Imhotep's name and titles.

A statue thought to be Djoser’s inscribed with Imhotep’s name and titles.
Note the Ibis birds carved on the top of the base

A statue thought to be Djoser’s inscribed with Imhotep’s name and titles

Imhotep, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt [3,4,5,6], Chief under the King (of Upper Egypt [3,6]), Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High Priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep the Builder, the Sculptor, the Maker of Stone Vases [3,4,5,6]

The statue was found by Cecil Firth in 1926 [1].   In 1964  Walter Emery found a tomb close to the Step Pyramid [2].

The tomb contained thousands of pots containing mummified Ibis birds, falcons and baboons [3].

Imhotep’s mummy was never found.

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[1] Imhotep the African. Architect of the cosmos.

[2] Tombs of Sacred Animals at Saqqara

[3] Divine creatures: animal mummies in ancient Egypt

[4] Joseph and Imhotep

[5] The Exodus Case – New discoveries of the Historical Exodus – 4th extended edition – Lennart Moller ISBN 978 87 7247708 4

[6] Chronicle of the Pharaohs – A reign by reign record of the rulers and dynasties of anchient Egypt  Peter A Clayton Thames and Hudson 2006 ISBN 978 0 500 28628 9

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January 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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A tomb found by Walter Emery in 1964 in Saqqara containing thousands of mummified Ibis birds dating from the Ptolemaic period dedicated to Imhotep

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Advance video to 37 minutes 24 seconds – Imhotep’s tomb with mummified Ibis birds

Advance video to 24minutes 24 seconds – Djoser’s Tomb

No mummy for Imhotep is entirely consistent with Joseph being Imhotep.  

The mummy of Imhotep, vizier to Djoser, 3rd dynasty, has never been found.

The finding of Imhotep’s mummy in a tomb in Egypt would mean that Imhotep was not Joseph.

The mummy of Imhotep has still not been found.

When the Israelites left Egypt, en mass (the Exodus), they took Joseph’s bones with them as he instructed.

Therefore, if Joseph and Imhotep were the same person, Imhotep’s tomb, sarcophagus and coffin should be empty!

Genesis 50:25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

Genesis 50:26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Exodus 13:19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

Joshua 24:32  And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.

Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

Tombs of Sacred Animals in Saqqara

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January 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm