Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1094-1095 Identifying Hatshepsut


Hatshepsut was one of the most prolific builders among the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. Her Temple at Deir el-Bahri is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes of antiquity. But she is best known for ruling as a male Pharaoh even though she was a woman. And once her rule ended, her successor did everything he could to wipe out the remains of her rule.

Perhaps even more interesting, for our purposes, Hatshepsut was a contemporary of the Hebrew prophet Moses (if you’re going by the early date of the Exodus, around 1440 BC). Some have even speculated that Hatshepsut was the daughter of Pharaoh who rescued the baby Moses from the Nile River.

With the news from archaeologist Zahi Hawass that the mummy of Hatshepsut has been identified, we thought it was time for a conversation with Egyptologist Charles Aling. Professor Aling is a history professor at Northwestern College. He has excavated in Egypt. And he is the president of the Institute for Biblical Archaeology, for whom I edit the quarterly magazine ARTIFAX.

Breaking news: the British Museum has announced that one of the many cuneiform tablets in its collection has just been discovered to contain the name of a Babylonian official named in Jeremiah, chapter 39.

More breaking news: once again unsupervised digging is being reported on the Temple Mount. Photos and story here. Protests are lodged.

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