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Where did the Egyptians come from: Does the Bible get it right again?

Credit: kairoinfo4u/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: kairoinfo4u/Flickr/Creative Commons

It has always been a bit of a mystery as to the origin of the Egyptians. But based on history and DNA sampling of modern Egyptians most concluded that they came from Northern Africa.

However, this contradicts the Bible that declared that Egyptians descended from Mizraim, one of the son’s of Ham. The term Mizraim is actually translated Egypt by some translations (Genesis 10:6):

The sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. (Genesis 10:6 NASV)

The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. (Genesis 10:6 ESV)

It was Ham’s eldest Cush and his descendants who went on to settle what today is modern Africa.  We see a possible reference to their darker skin in the Prophet Jeremiah’s rhetorical question: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin?” (Jeremiah 13:23).  The Hebrew word translated Ethiopian is “kusi,” a Cushite.

But with the modern Egyptian DNA suggesting an African origin, it left the impression that the Bible was wrong.

However, that recently changed when geneticists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI) did DNA testing of ancient Egyptian mummies to determine their origin.

Because of Egypt’s hot weather and ancient Egyptian embalming practices, DNA testing of mummy skin and tissue has proved challenging. However, led by Johannes Kraus, MPI was able to derive 90 DNA samples after testing skull bones of 151 mummies dated from 1388 BCE to 426 CE.

They were stunned by what they found. According to Krause, these ancient Egyptians “have almost zero sub-Saharan African Ancestry.”

Ancient Egyptians were very much different from their modern counterparts.

Based on the DNA, Krause said ancient Egyptians were more closely related to east Asians and Europeans than to modern Egyptians. This would fit the Biblical description on the origins of the ancient Egyptians.

Krause suspects that the modern Egyptians gained their Sub-African DNA sometime after the Romans came to power.



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