One of the most thrilling historical accounts, with so good a plot not even Hollywood could match it, is the tale of Joseph. With its totally unexpected twists and turns, it is a real page turner. His life is displayed in such a way to us, that it seems surreal. But it actually happened, which is really the most interesting part of the entire record. Joseph has three character traits that distinguish him from all the rest; his response to temptation, his leadership skills, and his ability to forgive. These show how Joseph became the man he was towards the end of the biblical book of Genesis.
In our post-modern, do-what-feels-good culture, many foundational beliefs have come under harsh scrutiny. One of these is the view of marriage. Nowadays, if something doesn’t make you happy, you throw it out or give it back. Such is the case with anything from abortion to online shopping. In some instances, such as buying disposable products, there is nothing wrong with this. However, when it comes to the destruction of human life (i.e., abortion, euthanasia), it is not morally acceptable under any circumstances. Marriage has also become subject to the same issue. Divorce, homosexual marriages, affairs, and the like have become almost the norm. Was marriage intended to be this way? Certainly God must have had a better plan in mind, and He did.
Faithfulness is hard to come by these days. There are too many stories of divorce and broken commitments and not enough of marriages that actually thrive and prosper. But what could an ancient book, such as The Odyssey possibly have to offer about this topic? Believe it or not, the subject is rampant throughout the entire work. However, I will mostly just focus on the faithfulness expressed by Odysseus’ wife Penelope. I many ways, she should be copied by modern women today in the institution of marriage.
This is an excerpt from one of my ongoing novels. Comments and criticisms are much appreciated.
Moroccan Coast, 2 April 1695
One mild, clear evening in early April, just off the coast of Morocco, the sun was just beginning to set over the watery horizon. To almost anybody, it would have been beautiful. But Captain Robert Cropson and his arch-nemesis Captian James Bardsley, both pirates, were altogether preoccupied with the day’s events to notice.
O God my God
I cry out for your mercies
Life is cruel to me
My enemies surround me on every side
Day and night I seek You
That You may deliver me
O God my God
The Hyksos and the Israelites
After the hasty retreat of the Israelites from Egypt, Neferhotep I’s brother, Sobkhotpe IV, succeeded him, not his son Wahneferhotep. This can be explained by the 10th Plague of Egypt; the death of the firstborn. In addition, if the entire army of Egypt drowned in the Red Sea, as discussed previously, this would leave Egypt utterly defenseless against attack.
The Revised Chronology
To begin, consider the fact that there are different manifestations of this chronology. The main body of this discussion will be focused on a variant known as the Glasgow chronology. It is similar to that which is outlined by John Ashton and David Down in their book Unwrapping the Pharaohs. A brief look at David Rohl’s New Chronology will also be examined, but for all intents and purposes, the Glasgow-based chronology is the best, since it has the least amount of conflictions with other chronologies and events.