These items are sometimes loaned to outside museums and organizations. Taylor then showed me a 12-foot iron snake staff found in a pyramid tomb.
Shown below, the staff has a cobra head and is wavy and is evidence of the Egyptian magician’s staves mentioned in the Bible in Exodus, -12, “The magicians of Egypt did so with their incantations.
“ The 11 century French Biblical commentator, Rashi, comments that the Jewish women used these mirrors to beautify themselves in order to entice their husbands to produce children despite the fear of bringing children into a life of slavery.
This attests to the greater faith of the Israelite women than that exhibited by the Israelite men, which faith has continued to sustain Jewish continuity.
The table of archaeological finds below, presented to me by Dr. Taylor, the curator of the Egypt Department of the British Museum in London, reveals a mud brick with straw which is stamped with a royal seal which says: “House of Ramses ll”.
The mud brick, seen on the left side of the photo below, is one of 20 held in the basement vaults of the museum, and not exhibited to the public.
His new book is Self-Esteem in the Talmud which presents a step-by-step program for spiritual growth.
I have been accused of organizing this entire session solely to have the opportunity of introducing Bill Dever. And I suppose for those of you who are aware of this, I should not simply gloss over them, but tell you that we are old and close friends despite our public professional disagreements. It involved the use of the term biblical archaeology. I thought it was a good and credible and continually viable term.
What, if anything, was unique about ancient Israel?
I have tried to wrestle with these questions as an archaeologist.
Go yourselves and take yourselves straw from whatever you find, for nothing will be reduced from your work.” In the close up photo of the brick below, one can see the straw and the seal which states, “House of Ramses ll”. Taylor holds curatorial responsibility for ancient Egyptian funerary antiquities, amulets and jewelry.
Below is a mural of slaves building a structure in Egypt dated from the Israelite period showing a pile of mud bricks similar to the brick displayed on the table above. He also provides curatorial supervision for the departmental loans program.
The brick has been carbon dated to the Israelite period of slavery in Egypt. Taylor states that the Israelites did not build the pyramids as is commonly thought.