Daily Archives: November 20, 2008

118th Pyramid Found at Saqqara

A pyramid believed to be the tomb of Queen Sesheshet, the mother of Pharaoh Teti, has been discovered below 23 feet of sand near Saqqara. The pyramid, dating to about 2300 B.C., is the second pyramid found this year. It is the 118th pyramid discovered in Egypt.

Read a news release here. National Geographic News includes photos and a video here. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council on Antiquities is quoted as saying, “I always say you never know what the sands of Egypt might hide.”

Tourists typically visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser (or Djoser) at Saqqara. This oldest freestanding stone building in the world is dated to about 2600 B.C., and is the work of the vizier and physican Imhotep.

Step Pyramid of Zoser at Saqqara. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Step Pyramid of Zoser at Saqqara. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

These pyramids, and those of Giza, were built long before any of the biblical characters made their way to Egypt. It is conceivable that Joesph and Moses would have been familiar with these pyramids.

Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:45 NASB)

Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. (Acts 7:22 NASB)