Friday, November 06, 2015

Ben Carson Says Egyptian Pyramids Were Joseph's Grain Storage Facilities

AP reported yesterday that Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson disagrees with historians and archaeologists about the origins of the Egyptian pyramids.  Virtually all academics agree that the pyramids were constructed as tombs for Egypt's Pharaohs.  Carson however, referring to the Biblical story of Joseph, insists that the pyramids were built as grain storage facilities when Joseph predicted a future famine to Pharaoh and advised storing grain in anticipation of it. (Genesis 41). Carson advanced his theory 17 years ago, but stood by his contention in comments at a book signing in Florida yesterday.  The Washington Post has extensive excerpts (as well as nearly 15 minutes of video) from Carson's speech 17 years ago, delivered at the commencement ceremonies at the Seventh Day Adventist affiliated Andrews University. In it Carson more broadly defended a literal reading of the Bible. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]