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Coins from Era of Biblical Joseph Found in Egypt?

This is intriguing, to say the least:

According to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, by Wajih Al-Saqqar, archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins bearing the name and image of the Biblical Joseph.

Source: MEMRI: Latest News.

But I don’t know what to make of it, except I can’t accept the Koran as proof that Egypt used coinage in Joseph’s time. If this is for real, though, and if it can be verified by proper archaeological means, I expect we’ll hear more about it.

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4 thoughts on “Coins from Era of Biblical Joseph Found in Egypt?

  1. I was going to slap this onto one of your posts as a comment.
    We’ll hear more about it – that’s what I was thinking myself.

    Wonder if it’ll make the rounds as quickly as the Talpiot tomb or the Gabriel stone?

  2. I think you’re right, Jayman.
    While the article questions the dating of the use of coins, and its authenticity would perhaps overthrow that dating claim, it is way to vague in important areas. Who was the Pharaoh? And what is this “time of Joseph”?

  3. You’re definitely right, Jayman. This is just another example of shaky history throwing out an almost-random ‘fact’ to entice opinion and/or funding. Read the underground city of Giza, or the recently-hailed starting date for the Great Pyramid.

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