220px-HatshepsutStatuette_MuseumOfFineArtsBostonWhile reading my bible today, the footnotes of my women's study bible noted an exciting (because I'm a Ancient Egyptian history fanatic) connection between Moses and Hatshepshut (1479 - 1457 BC). Who is Hapshepsut you ask and why should you care?  

Well, she was the 5th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty and regarded as one of the most successful Pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. Some Egpytologist regard her as "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed." She reigned for 20 years, mostly peaceful after VERY successful initial warfare. Much economic prosperity was experienced under her rule and architecture reached new heights in Egypt. A daughter of a primary wife and Pharaoh Thutmose I, she married Pharaoh Thutmose II, though his son and heir Thutmose III is the child of a secondary wife.

Courtesy of DiscoveringEqypt.com

hapshepsutHatshepsut was essentially erased from history (until very recently), a campaign likely launched by her stepson Thutmose III who is thought to be the unnamed Pharaoh that Moses opposes in the bible. Some even reach as far as to state that Hapshepsut could be the Daughter of Pharaoh who rescues the infant Moses from the river (but does not make sense unless her father Thutmose I is the one who orders the death of the infants), in my own opinion her only child and daughter Neferure is a more likely candidate.

Why should you care, not sure, I know why I care. I grew up an introvert who lived in period fiction, old films, science fiction novels and ancient history. Women of history like Hatsheput are a source of inspiration for me. If we consider the role and treatment of women historically, stories of women who were able to contribute to their societies and cultures fully truly inspire me! The fact that she could have played some role in a biblical narrative in which I (and many) draw such deeply spiritual guidance makes her even more amazing!

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