In Scripture, Egypt looms large. Yet, most people—even serious bible students—know little about Egypt, ancient or modern, and what they do know is often wrong. Now that we are studying verse-by-verse through the book of Exodus in class, I’d like to set the record straight with a series of blogs that I’ve titled: Egyptian Myth Busters.
So, here goes.
Myth #1 The Israelites built the pyramids.
King Zosar’s royal architect, Imhotep, built the “Step” Pyramid as part of a vast funerary complex at Saqqara, Egypt. Not a genuine pyramid, but six mastabas stacked one atop another, the Step Pyramid dates to 2665 B.C.
Pyramids were built during a relatively short period of Egyptian history. The last Egyptian king to be buried in a pyramid seems to have been Ahmose I, founder of the Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1552 B.C.). The pyramids were most certainly not built by the Israelites, as Hollywood would have us believe: when Jacob and his family arrived in Egypt, the pyramids were already over 800 years old, and the last pyramid was built before Moses was born.