[b-hebrew] Joseph and Imhotep was Robert Alter on Joseph

James Read J.Read-2 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Sat Jul 25 15:59:29 EDT 2009


Hi Karl,

are you suggesting that the historical Imhotep was the biblical Joseph?


James Christian


Quoting K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>:

> Jim:
>
> On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM, <JimStinehart at aol.com> wrote:
>
>>  Karl:
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>> Here is your own theory of the ages of people in the Patriarchal narratives:
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>> “Is this history or not? If history, then this is evidence that for whatever
>>
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>> reason, people’s lives have been getting shorter.”
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>> In the historical Bronze Age?
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>> What do you know about the historical Bronze Age? From what I have seen, I
> would conclude “very little”.
>
> Apparently you have swallowed hook, line and sinker, uncritically, certain
> beliefs about the Bronze Age for which there is either no historical data to
> back up you and the scholars you trusted, or the data are very sketchy.
>
> Further, there are data from archeology and other historical records that
> contradict your claims. That has been a consistent pattern in your postings.
>
>> Karl, if that’s your belief, then we’ve got nothing more to discuss  
>>  on this subject.
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>> Seeing as you also distorted what the text recorded…
>
>> Jim Stinehart
>>
>> Evanston, Illinois
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>>
> How do you talk away the founding of the office of vizier in ancient Egypt
> by Joseph, Genesis 41, and the many parallels with the legendary Imhotep who
> founded the office of vizier under Zoser (Djoser)? Both were Asiatic, both
> lived to an age of 110 years, both saved the country from a seven year
> famine, both founded the income tax system of 20%, and many other parallels.
> Yes, Imhotep was a real person, whose memory was made into legend by later
> generations. (There goes your spring and fall counting of years too.) Why
> don’t facts like this make you question that maybe, just maybe, your beloved
> secular history might be off by a tad?
>
> Karl W. Randolph.
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