Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge November 7, 2019
Regarding God's Creation
Joseph and Jacob in Egyptian Archaeology
On Nov 7th the GHCA will present a lecture recorded by PhD Archaeologist, Doug Petrovich, who will show that there is quite substantial archaeological evidence that Joseph and Jacob actually played
the roles in Egyptian history that are portrayed in the Bible.
That archaeological evidence indicates that there was in fact a man from a country east of Egypt who was elevated over the land of Egypt second only to Pharaoh! This man was regarded as wiser than any in Egypt. There was a time of plenty where grain was aggressively stored up and a time of famine that was sustained by the stored grain. During the time of famine this man's family was brought to Egypt and the Pharaoh gave them the best of the land in Egypt where
they grew strong and numerous. Is this not clearly Joseph and Jacob in Egyptian history?
Dr. Petrovich will explain an array of this evidence in substantial detail. This evidence puts Jacob's move was to Avaris in Egypt in 1876 BC and the 12th Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt in the reign of Sesostris III. Here is where many scholars protest.
tells us, "Now Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and he gave them property in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land,
in the land of Ramesses
, just as that which pharaoh had commanded." Other texts that mention Ramesses as a place include E
xodus 1: 11, Exodus 12:37, Numbers 33:3, and Numbers 33:5.
This Ramesses is often taken to be Ramesses II who ruled in the 19th Dynasty between 1290 and 1223 BC. Ramesses II did do a lot of building through his reign and likely used a lot of slaves but there is not much else that fits the Biblical narrative. Certainly there is no Exodus in the time of Ramesses II, or anywhere else in the view of many. From this poor fit many conventional scholars conclude that Biblical history much before King David is largely mythology. However, there is a reason why Genesis says Ramesses . The place name in Jacob's day was Avaris but centuries later Ramesses II built a huge complex there so the place name became Ramesses. Even Wikipedia gets this although they don't seem to see the
Biblical significance. See
(Khatana-Qantir) is a village in
Qantir is believed to mark what was probably the ancient site of the
or Per-Ramesses ("House or Domain of Ramesses"). This city is situated around 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) north of Faqous in the
province of the eastern
, about 60 miles north-east of
The ancient site of
is located around 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) south of Qantir. This was the older city in this area. Later on, Avaris was absorbed by Pi-Ramesses.
Petrovich makes a strong case that the Old
Testament references were changed to reflect the place name recognizable to later readers. Modern Bible publishers have found reason to make textual updates many times to enable understanding of the current readers.
Dr. Petrovich gives a large array of evidence that fits Joseph and Jacob with the people and events of the 12th Dynasty and after. They are given names that are a phrase relating their significance to the Egyptians, it is not a simple translation of the names Joseph and Jacob. One looking for such a simple translation will
not find it.
The following month's lecture will add even more evidence in detail and extend it to the lives of Manasseh and Ephraim in Egypt.
For those who would like to read some of Dr. Petrovich's scholarly articles should consider: "
Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus-Pharaoh" and "Toward Pinpointing the Timing of the Egyptian Abandonment of Avaris During the Middle of the 18th Dynasty" among others available at academia-edu.
Don't miss the next three lectures by Dr. Petrovich. They are blockbusters and these are not on YouTube. They are available along with 74 other classroom lectures at IGH website.
Please take notice of our great new meeting space, the Reception Room just down the hall from our previous room.
November 7, 2019
Joseph and Jacob in Egyptian Archaeology
IGH Lecture recorded by Dr. Doug Petrovich
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Reception Room, 7
Join us for the adventure of learning and discovery. We will stop for questions and discussion along the way. Bring you questions and comments and invite some friends too.
More information is always on GHCA website:
Looking forward to seeing you all again,
Examples of Important YEC Scientific Evidences
Some major examples of physical evidence we point to include:
- Remains of original soft tissue still found in dinosaur bones. Along with that tissue is C-14 that would decay completely away in less than a hundred thousand years, a tiny fraction of the dinosaur fossil's supposed age.
- For many years geologists have found C-14 in fossil carbon throughout the fossil record. So, the entire fossil record is less than 100,000 years old.
- The origin of the information and molecular machinery in the first living self-reproducing cell remains a complete enigma for biologist and biochemists.
- In the origin of the universe, big bang theory is being recognized as a dead end by increasing numbers of secular scientists. The hypothesized inflation has nothing to start it, drive it forward, or stop it. Without inflation fatal flaws appear with the absence of predicted antimatter, magnetic monopoles, or any means for the whole universe to come to the same precise background temperature. Then the formation of the first stars is as enigmatic as the origin of the first biological cell. Dark matter and dark energy are as enigmatic as the galactic motions they are needed to explain.
At the root of all standard science are many assumptions that may be quite incorrect. At the top is that there is no God. Another is that present process can be used to explain everything in the past. When we look at a canyon we are taught to assume the river at the bottom cut the canyon. But perhaps tectonic events made the canyon and there is a river at the bottom because water always flows downhill. At the root of big bang theory is a pure assumption that has been named the "Cosmological Principle". Perhaps inaccuracies there are responsible for the big bang's multitude of problems.
There is more about the role of assumptions in science found on our website here. There are many more resources on young earth and young universe evidences here.
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Ongoing Prayer Needs and Praises!
Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for God's protection for them and support from Christian organizations in the West.
Continue to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA (Logos Research Ass.)
the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing.
GHCA and Roger Sigler, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo a
other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. We all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding.
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:
Give thanks for continued good health and continued production of great creation DVDs and speaking tours.
David and Mary Jo Nutting, f
ounders of Alpha Omega Institute. Pray for their speaking staff and continued training young speakers.
John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba! Pray for support and funds.
News from Houston, Texas & around the World
Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Jim's Restaurant located on the corner of Ramsey and San Pedro, approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410 across from Hovey's Motor Cars. More info is at
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,