Wednesday July 1, 2020

(BRITISH MUSEUM- EGYPT DEPARTMENT) KINGDOM ADVENTURE by GILDA PINEDA DIONELA   I visited the British Museum several times because you cannot finish it in one go. When I visited the room of Egypt in the British Museum on the upper level of the building, seeing mummies and human shaped coffins held me back. I looked intensely on the glass frame to make sure it was properly sealed. Coming from a place where coffins are buried 6 feet under the ground, the sight brought back a superstitious belief I had as a kid. Then I thought of the verse “greater is He who is in me than whoever are in these mummies”. I freely walked around after that realization. In the lower ground of the British Museum, you will find the Rosetta Stone. It is a black granite stone that has several languages and scripts engraved on it. This stone led to the understanding of hieroglyphic, the writing of ancient Egypt. It recorded the history and culture of this great nation termed as Egyptology. On the same level, there are the sculptures of the Quartzite head of Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, head of King Thutmose I, Thutmose III and Rameses II among many others. After Noah’s flood, people of all nations came from Noah’s three sons; Shem, Ham and Japheth. The descendants of Ham is enumerated in Genesis 10:6. One of them was Mizraim, the forefather of the Egyptians. The original name for this group of people was Kemet, meaning “the black land” or “the land of Ham”. Also mentioned in Genesis 50:11(ESV) “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians. Therefore, the place was named Abel-mizraim”. Today, the English name “Egypt” came from an ancient Greek word “Aígyptos,” which was “Egypte” in Middle French. It was...... Read more on Full Issue!

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