We Hear You -- By: Editors
BSpade 29:2 (Spring/Summer 2016) p. 30
We Hear You
Grateful For The Ministry Of ABR!
How grateful I am to live in a country and a city in which I am free to meet with hundreds of other women in safety and comfort to study God’s Word and have such a meaningful fellowship. My friend in Florida is taking the same class at another church so that is fun for us to share as we move through the lessons together. She said their turnout was also about 500-700 women.
My point is, keep on keeping on, my friends at ABR! Just looking out over the sea of faces at these Bible studies, it is obvious how hungry and thirsty people are for learning and connecting with God’s Word. And, when the talk turns to archaeological finds and history that uphold the events in the Bible, people are fascinated. It is so encouraging in light of other things we see in our culture and the days when I feel that my efforts working for God’s Kingdom are small and pointless.
The Prophecy Of Ezekiel 29:1-16: Why Does The Text Conflict With Herodotus?
I have a question about a certain prophecy and its historical accuracy. It’s Ezekiel 29:1-16. Now it is true that Ezekiel 29:15-16 came to pass, Egypt as I know was never a world power after that.
Most people seem to apply the prophecy directed to Pharaoh Hophra, who was soon succeeded by Pharaoh Amasis II during the time of Ezekiel and Nebuchadnezzar. It does make sense because the prophecy about Nebuchadnezzar and his victory over Egypt soon follows, which is right about when Egypt was no longer a world power. My own study Bible, the ESV, guesses that the 40-year desolation was from 568 to 525 BC, which is when Babylon ruled over Egypt. The prophecy in Jeremiah 44:27-30 seems to align with Ezekiel 29:1-16.
Unfortunately, there’s a problem with this. Herodotus (II, 177, 1) records:
It is said that it was during the reign of Ahmose II that Egypt attained its highest level of prosperity both in respect of what the river gave the land and in respect of what the land yielded to men and that the number of inhabited cities at that time reached in total 20,000.
That’s all there is on this time period, and a little bit of archaeology. Now, I know that Herodotus hasn’t been right on everything, but he hasn’t been wrong on everything either. That includes Egypt. I remember reading somewhere that he got his information on Amasis II and his prosperous reign from some Egyptian priests. I don’t know whether their information is reliable, or...
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