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"Out of Egypt"

by Ahmed Osman

Reviewed by Hussein Rawlings, 15 May 2000

Submitted from New Zealand

It's a Big Ask

Osman sets out to show that the major Biblical characters of David, Solomon, Moses, Mary, and Christ were all Egyptian royalty who reigned during Dynasty 18, often referred to as the New Kingdom in Egypt, some 1350 to 1500 years BC. That's right. Christ lived 1400 years earlier than we thought. David was Pharaoh Tutmosis III who ruled from 1490-1436BC, the Pharaoh who married Abraham's wife, Sarah, for a short time. Yes, and Solomon was the father of Moses who was actually married to Mary, Christ's mother. But wait, there's more: you have probably heard of Christ back then because he was the Pharaoh known as Tutankhamun, who was killed in 1352BC. From the time of Solomon (Amenhotep III) to Moses and Mary (Akhenaten and Nefertiti), to Christ (Tutankhamun) there was only 61 years!

It's a big ask to persuade people to believe all this. But Osman is not daunted. He tackles his subject boldly and with conviction. He is correct that Egyptian influence on Western thought generally and Christian theology in particular has been ignored, or misrepresented as being Greek in origin. He is correct in showing that Hebrew accounts of their Kings conflate events across several centuries into the one lifetime. He does raise a number of interesting and valid points along the way, and he does write an interesting and readable narrative, but he does not make a believable case for his thesis.

But hey, everybody is chasing the revisionist line these days. The 60s gave us Christ the revolutionary, the 70s Christ as the hippie, and the 90s Christ as the Gay, so why not an Egyptocentric harvesting of the Judeo-Christian heritage into its own bosom?


Hussein Rawlings is a new Zealander with a reading interest in Ancient History, Clinical Psychology, Religious striving and expression in all cultures (the Practice and Theology of Faith), Art, and Symbolism. He believes that a good book review tells you not only about the book, but also about its strenghts, weaknesses, omissions, and, highlights any idiosyncratic viewpoint of the author.

E-mail: husseinr@xtra.co.nz