The Riches of Egypt -- By: Bob Boyd
BSP 1:2 (Spring 1988) p. 12
The Riches of Egypt
*Rev. Bob Boyd can be contacted at 1712 Academy St., Scranton, PA 18504
Over six feet long and one-eighth inch thick, this coffin weighs over five hundred pounds! The face portrays the young pharaoh as he was in life. The whip and crook he holds - like a scepter - are symbols of his authority.
BSP 1:2 (Spring 1988) p. 13
Archaeologist Howard Carter, on November 26, 1922, made the momentous discovery of the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amun in the Valley of the Kings. This Pharaoh had lived and died shortly after the Exodus. Inside his tomb, located 500 miles south of Cairo, were discovered some of the “riches of Egypt.”
Kings had their tombs hewn inside rock mountains. The longer they lived, the more rooms were hewn. Their religious beliefs taught them to prepare for eternity, so personal belongings were stored in these rooms to have and use in the hereafter. Inside Tut’s tomb, one coffin alone was made of solid gold, weighing 2000 pounds, and his mummified body was bedecked with 143 gold and jeweled ornaments. The current value of gold is $425 an ounce. So by today’s standard, Tut was buried in a $13,000,000 coffin!
Gold and precious stone jewelry, gold-overlaid furniture, gold statues, etc., found in the tomb by Carter are priceless. Someone has estimated that today his personal belongings would be valued close to $100,000,000. Keep in mind that this is just the riches of one Pharaoh, and a minor one at that. Counting them all, the wealth of the kings alone would run into the billions. No one need take my word for these remarks about the riches of Egypt. The discovery of Tut-ankh-Amun’s wealth is an established fact, and the finds are in the Cairo Museum.
Hebrews 11:26 speaks of the “riches of Egypt” in relation to Moses. It states that Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. How could he have had these riches?
The Bible tells us that as a babe he was hidden because of Pharaoh’s death threat to all male infants. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and took him to the palace to raise him. He was schooled in all the wisdom and sciences of the Egyptians and was in the royal family for 40 years (Exodus 2:1–10; Acts 7:17–23a).
The daughter who found him, believed by some to be Hatshepsut, became queen, and was kno...
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