All Hail the Pharaoh

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 4) The name “pharaoh” sits with “caesar” and its variations (tsar, kaiser) as the only non-English titles that the general U.S.-populace recognizes as words for “king”. Fun fact, though – the word pharaoh doesn’t mean king, it means “great house.” Yes, you heard that right. Loosely translated, IContinue reading “All Hail the Pharaoh”

Truth, Justice, and the Ancient Egyptian Way

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 3) So! After the last two fairly involved posts, I wanted to leave you with one more important factor in the Egyptian religious landscape, but I wanted to keep it short and sweet. So, let’s have a brief overview on what is probably the most important ideal inContinue reading “Truth, Justice, and the Ancient Egyptian Way”

The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 2)

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 3) So – we’re back! Let’s continue with our exploration of some key points of Egyptian Mythology that are important to my book. Memphis: The Triad of Memphis Okay, so rule one. Forget everything you read last week about the Great Ennead in Heliopolis. You’re in Memphis now,Continue reading “The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 2)”

The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 1)

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 2) Okay, so like I said last time, trying to sort through Ancient Egyptian Religion is like trying to sort through the most bonkers rabbit hole you have ever encountered. With that in mind, I have also known that this post would have to come down the pipelineContinue reading “The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 1)”

Ra, Atum-Ra, and Amun-Ra, Oh My!

A Series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 1) Okay, so way back when this blog first started, I made a poll on my Facebook page and asked if people wanted me to talk about Ancient Egyptian History or Ancient Egyptian Religion first. History won by a nose, and to be frank, I was grateful. ThisContinue reading “Ra, Atum-Ra, and Amun-Ra, Oh My!”

Canaan, 1800 BC

Let’s get ready for some culture shock Looking back on my blog posts so far, I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Ancient Egypt and not a lot of time contextualizing it. Meaning, if you’ve read everything so far, you probably know quite a bit about what Ancient Egypt was like,Continue reading “Canaan, 1800 BC”

The Case of the Nonexistent Egyptian Wedding Ceremony

Yeah, that’s a thing One of the things you start to learn when researching Ancient Egypt is that there is quite a bit that we actually just don’t know. I’m not talking about the damnatio memoriae situations I have mentioned prior to this post, either. These situations notwithstanding, we honestly just seem to have quiteContinue reading “The Case of the Nonexistent Egyptian Wedding Ceremony”

Women’s Rights in Ancient Egypt

A for effort … But for implementation? You decide Given that the bulk of my story is set in Ancient Egypt and I have two pretty prominent Egyptian, female characters, I did a fair amount of research on women’s rights and roles in Egypt during that time period before I began writing. And it turnsContinue reading “Women’s Rights in Ancient Egypt”

Dating the Joseph Story (Part 2)

Herein lies the craziest chain reaction of historical coincidences (?) ever So, in my last post, I told you that we would go over some of the interesting “funny things” that occur in history if you place Joseph’s life during the 12th Dynasty of Egypt. Let’s take a trip down some of the highlights ofContinue reading “Dating the Joseph Story (Part 2)”

Dating the Joseph Story (Part 1)

Putting the puzzle pieces together Okay, so before we go any further, I guess now is the time to address the elephant in the room. If you’ve been reading my blog posts with a critical eye, you’ve probably started to wonder: Wait. Is she treating the Bible as a historically-accurate document? I am aware thatContinue reading “Dating the Joseph Story (Part 1)”