EGYPT

Finding Joseph’s Remains?

Researcher Ahmed Osman says he has located the mummified remains of the biblical patriarch Joseph. In his recently published book, Stranger in the Valley of the Kings (Souvenir Press), Osman says the mummy of Yuya, which is kept at the Cairo Museum, is really Joseph.

“I am sure that Yuya, who was chief administrator and therefore virtual ruler of Egypt under the pharaohs … between 1413 and 1367 B.C., was the Joseph of the Book of Genesis,” Osman said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The [mummy’s] hands are placed palms down, under the chin. It is the only mummy we know of whose hands were not across his chest in the conventional position of the god Osiris, suggesting he did not subscribe to the gods of Egypt.”

Yuya’s tomb was discovered in 1905 between the tombs of two Egyptian pharaohs. Archeologists have observed that Yuya does not have strong Egyptian features, suggesting he may have been of foreign origin. However, the Bible says Moses took Joseph’s bones with him when the Israelites left Egypt (Exod. 13:19). And some conservative scholars, taking the Bible’s chronological statements at face value (Exod. 12:40–41; 1 Kings 6:1), would date Joseph several centuries earlier than the period during which Yuya ruled.

CHINA

Christian Medical Assistance

American Leprosy Missions (ALM,) a Christian medical organization based in New Jersey, has been asked to help the Chinese government eliminate leprosy in that country before the end of the century.

China’s Leprosy Association and the country’s Ministry of Public Health issued the invitation for the American organization to supply drugs and microscopes to complete ...

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