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)”

Faith Before the Ten Commandments

What was Judaism before Judaism? Okay, so imagine you’re about to play a board game, say Sorry, or Clue, or something. Something you know – not Monopoly because no one actually knows how to play that. Something with nice, organized rules. Except then someone comes along and rips those rules out of your hand andContinue reading “Faith Before the Ten Commandments”

The Writing System That Drove 19th Century Europe Up the Wall

Hieroglyphs  Someone at some point probably told you that hieroglyphs are “picture writing”. As in, one image means one word and another means a different word, and so on and so forth. Here’s the problem. That’s true. It’s also not true. The hieroglyphic writing system was such a crazily complex system that it’s a wonderContinue reading “The Writing System That Drove 19th Century Europe Up the Wall”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 3)

What changed and what didn’t over the centuries Well, today we are back to finish off our Timeline of Ancient Egypt! Let’s crank this out. For reference, last time we made it up to the Middle Kingdom. So that means we now have to talk about: The Second Intermediate Period (1650-1550 BC) The Second IntermediateContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 3)”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 2)

What changed and what didn’t over the centuries Okay folks, it’s go time. Let’s dive into this oft-referenced and oft-misrepresented ancient society. So one of the first things you need to know is that Ancient Egyptians divided their country into two areas. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Now, this is not a reference to northContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 2)”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 1)

Why does Egypt sit so clearly in our cultural consciousness? Okay. So after winning the poll (by a nose), you’re getting a multi-part ”Brief Overview of Ancient Egypt”. I include the word brief despite also saying “multi-part” because we’re talking about 4,000 years of history here and despite whatever I can say about it, IContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 1)”

That Time I Stretched the Research

Now about those horses Okay, so after my #bronzeageproblems post you can probably see pretty easily all the unexpected difficulty that comes with setting a story in a time period that is in many ways very alien to our own. And unfortunately the Bronze Age had one more curveball to throw at me. The horses.Continue reading “That Time I Stretched the Research”