Imhotep and the problem of time!
Imhotep was a brilliant vizier of Egypt, more famous than most of the Pharaohs! He had gifts of architectural design, healing, administration, interpreting dreams and prophecies, to mention a few. He is the one who helped lay out a plan for future Egyptian administrations to follow for placing pyramids so that the constellation of Orion would appear on Egyptian soil. Incredible foresight! Incredible that future rulers respected Imhotep enough to follow this pre-arranged plan. The Egyptians were determined to follow their own dictum, “As above, so below.” The stars of Orion would become pyramids on earth, and the Nile would be the Milky Way. Check out some of our posts and videos about The Orion Correlation Theory.
Many of the posts on this blog have had their timestamp doctored. Anyone who has worked with the web’s most commonly used creator, WordPress, knows that getting your blog posts to show in reverse chronological order is like solving the riddle of the Sphinx or the conundrum of how to square the circle. How do I do this Imhotep??? Help!
I won’t say it can’t be done, but… well, it’s hard. So what I did where I wanted to work my time machine magic, was enter a date for a new post with a date more distance than the ones I wanted it to go before. So many of the dates listed for the written snippets on this site are inaccurate. Someone could probably find out the actual date every post here was laid down, but it would be difficult. And if you tried to do the Sherlock work, and showed me your results, I would have to say, “You could be right. I don’t even know.
That’s a microcosm of the difficulty in settling with assurance on dates from the distant past. It’s hard, and can’t be done with great surety. Where certainty exists is, in many cases, not really certainty, but the brute force of scholars all reinforcing one another on a date they are all committed to, have put in their lecture notes, and have fastened into their system. It is accepted because, well, um, because everybody accepts it. You could make a good case that this is exactly the status of the current chronology accepted by Egyptologists. Immanuel Velikovsky made this charge with tremendous creativity, energy, and scholarship in the early 1950s. His books Ages in Chaos and Earth in Upheaval chronicled evidence of former earth catastrophes and subsequent misplaced ages. He claimed that the accepted Egyptian chronology could be shortened by 600 years. Velikovsky gained many followers, leading to tremendous battles in the academic world, but eventually it was not superior scholarship that won out. Scholars who sided with Velikovsky were fired from academic posts, and the purges were so complete, that, just like certain pharaohs would erase the names of previous pharaohs from monuments and stele, Velikovsky’s name has been so erased that many modern scholars are not even aware of the tremendous work he did.
This potential chronological mess is mentioned in relation to Imhotep, because it has been suggested that Imhotep could be the place that the biblical Joseph dovetails with the Egyptian chronology. There are many outward similarities between what is known about Joseph and what is know about Imhotep. Sometimes the Famine Stele has been used as an artifact to relate these two together.
Notice these outward similarities between the biblical Joseph and the fabled Egyptian vizier Imhotep:
Source: Emmet Sweeny
It is not the burden of this post to unpack the potential problems with conventional Egyptian chronology that misses this association with Joseph and Imhotep. But the whole issue of chronology is something we will return to. For now, it is the scholar Anne Habermehl we will refer the reader to for an initial unpacking. She has a paper on Academia here.