The Berean Expositor
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Both names of God, El and Jehovah, occur in these tablets; both names being in use
therefore before the time of Moses.
Thothmes III mentions a town called Bet Jah, "The House of Jehovah." In other
inscriptions he speaks of places named Jacob-el and Joseph-el!
The link between Assyria and Egypt established by these letters explains the words of
Isa. 52: 4: "My people went down to Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed
them without cause."
To set out the details of the tablets further would be tedious and unnecessary. We are
grateful for their testimony which shows to the world at large the chronological and
geographical faithfulness of the O. T. records.
The Fourth Egyptian Room.
pp. 188 - 190
The Tell-el-Amarna Tablets noticed in our last paper linked the Assyrian and
Babylonian language with Egypt, and so render the transition to the Egyptian rooms the
Wall Case 175, which is on the left immediately we enter the room, contains a number
of typical sun-dried bricks. It has been said that the art of brick-making was introduced
into Egypt from the Southern Babylonia, where the clay is eminently suitable for the
purpose. The Nile mud was not so suitable, and it was found necessary to mix chopped
straw, reed, hair, etc., with the mud in order to bind it together. The pieces of straw can
be clearly seen in many of these specimens--straw chopped at the period when Israel was
in Egypt, if not actually the work of their hands, and still retaining after these
millenniums a yellow tinge.
No. 14 is of interest inasmuch as it is stamped with the name of Rameses 2:, the
Pharaoh of the oppression. We shall have better opportunity of considering the various
Pharaohs when we are reviewing the exhibits in the Egyptian Galleries. In Wall Cases
182-187 we find a large collection of toilet objects; razors, mirrors, combs, tweezers,
hair pins, tubes for eye paint, and handles of fans, making a vivid impression on the mind
of the close parallel that must have existed in the home life of these ancient folk and that
of our own times. A reference to "shaving" it will be remembered comes in Gen. 41: 14;
this is perfectly in accord with the times. Joseph as a Hebrew would have a beard,
especially as he was in prison. No Egyptian was allowed to have a beard except the
Pharaoh, or his Queen. There were always false beards, fastened to the chin by a band
running up over the head. This is plainly seen on many of the heads of the statues in the