I'm following the read your Bible in a year thing. However, I'm behind several days. Well, I was reading in the last chapter of Genesis when Jacob (Israel) died. It stood out to me that Joseph had Jacob embalmed according to Egyptian tradition. I found this very interesting. Egyptian history has always intrigued me. I don't think that I had ever noticed before that Joseph carried out the embalming for Jacob. Also, when Joseph died he too was embalmed. Not only does the Scripture talk about them being embalmed, it also tells us exactly where they were both buried! Fascinating! Have their bodies ever been found? I don't know but I would like to find out.
One thing that made me curious was if there is any spiritual significance to this. After all, the Jews were/are God's people and He wanted them to be separate from the those who worshiped idols. So, why, then, was it OK for Jacob and Joseph to follow Egyptian tradition in their death? Or was it OK? Hmmm... any one have a thought on this?
One reason that I am behind on my reading is b/c I get side tracked w/ things like this. I thoroughly enjoy history and I find myself looking at other resources to find out more historical details. For instance, I got side tracked trying to find out which pharoah was reigning during Joseph's stay. I haven't found out yet, but I hopefully I will.
Well, this might not be as interesting to you who took the time to read this, but oh well. What else can I talk about after midnight? After all, I did warn you that I'm a sleep talker.
PS I really wanted to add a photo of a mummy or something, but I haven't figured out how to download pics from the web.