An obelisk depicting Queen Hatshepsut and her reverence for the god Amun was recently re-erected at the Temple at Karnak in Egypt. The granite obelisk, which stands 11 meters tall and weighs 90 tons, was toppled by an earthquake at some point in antiquity. At the beginning of the 20th century, archaeologist George Legrain moved the upper part of the obelisk, laying it beside the sacred lake inside the temple complex. Recently, scholars studying Hatshepsut’s monument discovered it was in danger and decided to restore and re-erect it in its original position. Hatshepsut was a powerful woman during the 18th Dynasty; she was the daughter of Pharaoh Thutmose I who married her half-brother Thutmose II. When he died, Hatshepsut ruled as co-regent with the young Thutmose III. Recent scholarship has shown that she adopted the full title and regalia of a pharaoh herself. Some have suggested that Hatshepsut was the daughter of pharaoh who drew Moses out of the Nile River (Ex. 2:5). See Doug Petrovich’s article, “Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus Pharaoh” (link below).
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