Isaiah 36, historical passage, Sennacherib boasts against the LORD and threatens Jerusalem.

This prism chronicles the events during Sennacherib’s reign, but from the Assyrian perspective. It collaborates the Biblical record.

   Isaiah was the chief scribe, both during the reign of both Uzziah and Hezekiah.

 The texts  2 Kings 18:19 – 20:3 and Isaiah 36:4 – 38:3 are the same and Isaiah recorded them both.

Isaiah 30, don’t trust in Egypt! A rebellious people, yet God will be gracious, judgment on Assyria.

This Rahab  (רהב) is a nickname for Egypt, not to be confused with the original Rahab (רחב ) from Jericho.

Isaiah 19, the Burden of Egypt, the future blessin of Assyria, Egypt and Istael.

The Pyramids of Giza pre-dates Abraham by more than 1000 years. The ancient civilization was quite advanced for its time. As we can see from this mural in the lower right corner they used computers even in that day. Wait! It must be a hoax. Nobody uses Cathode Ray Tubes anymore, and they certainly didn’t then.

A picture from the “Arab spring”.

In best socialist tradition the High Aswan Dam was completed in 1970, regulating the flow of the Nile River,  creating Lake Nasser and producing electricity. It looked good on paper and wa a worthwhile project unless you count for the unintended consequences.

A large number of ancient monument had to be removed from the future lake-bed or they would be destroyed. Egypt was not going to save the relics of the old civilization, so the rest of the world had to pay for their move. Only the most famous were saved, the rest are in the process of being destroyed.

The evaporation in lake Nasser, being in the desert, water evaporates at a rate of between 0.15 and 0.4 inches per day, so 25% of the water of the Nile is not flowing downstream, reducing the electricity production. In addition, the silt that used to fertilize the lower Nile and the Nile Delta gets stuck in the lake.

This has caused the Mediterranean Sea fishermen to lose 90% of a previously lucrative shrimp harvest. On the plus side the fish catch in Lake Nasser is increased. The silt that used to fertilize the Delta has been replaced by fertilizer,  which is very expensive. On the plus side water is regulated, and the Delta never floods, so they can grow more harvests, even during the low water season. On the negative side, since the canals are always filled and never drying out, the canals stink and are filled with leeches and disease causing bacteria, viruses, amoebas and all kinds of pollution.,

 

Isaiah is full of play on words that cannot be translated. Check the similarity of the two names differing by only one different stroke of the pen.

Genesis 46, Jacob goes to Egypt, total sixty-six, not counting wives, daughter and grand daughters.

The discrepancy between sixty-six and three score and seven is that 9 wives were not counted, nor any of Jacob’s grand daughters, Two of his son’s wives had obviously already passed away.