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Title: Egypt Overview

  • Bible as History and World History I Overview PPT

The Nile
  • Giver of Life
  • The Nile offered fertile lands for planting in
  • It overflowed often in the spring do to heavy
    rains in East Africa
  • After the floods would go down in summer crops
    would be planted which were harvested in late
    summer or early fall
  • This patch of fertile land was known as black

Nile Taker of Life
  • While flooding helped crops grow, sometimes
    waters would come farther inland resulting in
    mass death and crops being lost
  • Sometime it did not flood enough and there would
    be major droughts
  • It is probable that in the book of Genesis with
    the 7 year famine in Egypt that it came from
    limited flooding
  • Food was stored during famines after Prime
    Minister Jospeh set up this system
  • The Egyptians tried to keep track of when the
    Nile flooded by using Calendars
  • The gods were usually blamed

Inland and use of the Nile
  • Past the black land was the hot, sunny dessert of
    the Nile which was called the red land
  • In the Red land no crops could grow and no water
    could be found
  • Therefore the Nile supported all life
  • Many construction projects used the nile
  • Blocks would be floated to construction sites on
  • Also water needed to make mud bricks were taken
    out of the nile
  • Trade used the nile
  • It was faster to go by water then by land to East
  • One problem was that once reaching the NIle River
    Delta a boat would have to be carried
  • Also the river went north to south, meaning sails
    were needed to return home

  • Of the most important crops was wheat and barley
    as well as vegetables
  • Papyrus was also important, as it was used to
    create paper
  • The Egyptians had the hieroglyphic writing system
    to write with, which was acted out by priests
    often (the writing would come alive)

Writing in Egypt
  • Today we know much about Egyptian history because
    of Hieroglyphics
  • It was not until 1799, when Napoleon invaded
    Egypt and found the Rosetta stone, before that we
    did not know much about Egyptian history.
  • The stone had writing on it in Hieroglyphics but
    also Greek so by translating the Greek we know
    what the words meant.
  • We now know that there was over 700 letters

Kingdoms of Egypt
  • Prior to the Great Flood, Egypt was divided into
    two kingdoms, one above the river delta and one
  • Egypt was united with 30 different dynasties
    ruling after the flood and some of Noahs
    ancestors moving to the fertile area
  • The religion of the region probably came from
    that of the Sumerians

Bible Prime Minister to Slaves
  • The Bible records some areas of Egypt's history
  • Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt
  • He later became Prime Minister after explaining a
    dream given to the Pharaoh by God about a famine
    to come, probably caused by a flood or a drought
  • His relatives moved to Egypt so most of the
    Hebrews in the world ended up being from Egypt
  • There became so many of them that the Pharaoh
    feared a revolt and had them put into slavery
    around 1845 BC
  • Moses a Hebrew, adopted as a child became Prince
    of Egypt until he killed a slave master and went
    on the run where God spoke to him from a burning
    bush, Moses then returned to take his people out
    of slavery around 1446 BC which with the help of
    God eventually happened, and later Israel would
    become a nation
  • During the process of Moses leading all of the
    slaves out of Egypt, Egypt's army was killed in
    the Red Sea and lead to Eygpt being taken over by
    the Persians around 1070 BC

Major Pharoahs
  • Most of the pharaohs were men, Usually, the only
    women who had important titles were priestesses.
    However, there was a female pharaohQueen
  • She was the daughter of King Thutmose I. He was
    determined that she follow him, and he instructed
    the nobles of the royal court that she would be
    the next ruler. Hatshepsut became queen upon the
    death of her father, about 1500 B.C. She later
    took a husband, Thutmose II.
  • After his death, she crowned herself King
    Hatshepsut and became pharaoh. During her reign,
    Egypt rose to great power and wealth. It was a
    golden age of peace and prosperity.

Egypt's time periods - Because Egypts history
is so long, historians divide it into three
periods--the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and
the New Kingdom.
Period Date Highlights
Old Kingdom 2700 2200 B.C. The capital was Memphis and then Heliopolis. The great pyramids and the Sphinx, a large statue with a head of a man and body of a lion were built.
Middle Kingdom 2100 1800 B.C. Egyptian civilization reached great heights. Engineering projects such as irrigation ditches canals were built. Egypt was conquered by invaders but then recovered. There were several capitals during this era, including Thebes and Memphis.
New Kingdom 1700 1100 B.C. This era is also called the Empire, and the capital was Thebes. Egypt conquered many areas during this time. About 1100 B.C., its great power had begun to decline.
Tomb of King Tutankhamen
  • Found in 1922
  • Tomb had been hidden and not robbed resulting in
    us being able to learn about Egyptian culture
  • There was four rooms in the tomb and each of them
    had the King personal possessions
  • These items included a chariot, a bed, etc. made
    from gold and precious stones
  • These items were to help the King in his
  • Tut took the throne at age 9 and ruled until he
    died at 19, around 1350 BC

Egyptian Accomplishments
  • They made paper from the papyrus reed plant.
  • They invented a calendar.
  • They built the great pyramids.
  • They invented the shadoof, a crane-like device
    for lifting water from the Nile.
  • They used a loom to weave cloth for clothing.
  • They invented hieroglyphics, a system of writing
    using characters in the form of pictures.

What they thought about life after death...
  • Pyramids served as tombs
  • The tombs served as palaces because it was
    believed that the Kings ruled the underworld
    after death
  • Because it was thought that life after death was
    more important than life in the world
    mummification was done over a 70 day period
  • The Mummification Process...
  • Remove organs
  • Add perfumes
  • Wrap the body

What they thought about life after death cont....
  • Before Pyramids were built, the royals and upper
    class used mastabas as tombs
  • King Zoser had a Pyramid built for himself when
    he died, it started as soon as a Pharaoh became
    Monarch and would not be finished until after
    their death so while the Monarch was buried in
    his chamber the upper levels would be built
  • After the chamber was sealed it was not to be
    opened because a curse that had been put on the
    chamber would haunt cave robber's supposedly, so
    most caves were robbed after Egypt's fall to the
  • Fun fact Farmers worked on the Pyramids in
    flooded years

  • Began about 2600 BC
  • Built for Khufu and took 20 years

Social Life
  • The Egyptians had many different jobs.
  • Some were farmers and pyramid builders others
    were scribes or priests.
  • When trade expanded during Middle Kingdom, more
    people became merchants and craftspeople. This
    caused a new middle class to emerge, made up of
    artisans and scribes. I
  • In the Old Kingdom, there were two levels kings
    (pharaohs) and farmers. With this new middle
    class, the social class structure has changed. In
    the last era it would have been similar to the

Social System
Nobles and Priests
Craftsmen, Artisten, Scribes, Teachers, Trained
Soldiers, Public Workers
Farmers and Unskilled workers
  • During the Middle Kingdom, Egypts power began to
    grow. By about 2040 B.C. Egypts empire had
    expanded greatly.
  • The Egyptians had been trading with people from
    other lands to the north and south.
  • Trade increased during this period and made the
    Egyptian economy more prosperous, or profitable.
  • The Egyptians went on expeditions to southwest
    Asia to trade goods such as wheat, gold, and
  • To improve transportation, they dug a canal from
    the Nile River to the Red Sea, which became a
    trade route.

Takeover of Egypt
  • After the Rule of Ramses II, Egypt was
    essentially over with as far as home rule
  • The country was later invaded and conquered by
    Libyans, Nubians and Assyrians, but native
    Egyptians eventually drove them out and regained
    control of their country
  • In the sixth century BC, the Achaemenid Empire
    conquered Egypt. The entire Twenty-seventh
    Dynasty of Egypt, from 525 BC to 402 BC, save for
    Petubastis III, was an entirely Persian-ruled
    period, with the Achaemenid kings being granted
    the title of pharaoh.

Takeover of Egypt cont.
  • The Thirtieth Dynasty was the last native ruling
    dynasty during the Pharaonic epoch. It fell to
    the Persians again in 343 BC after the last
    native Pharaoh, King Nectanebo II, was defeated
    in battle.
  • Egypt fell then to the Greek Empire after a short
    period of freedom after the Achaemenid Empire had
    fallen to the Greeks
  • Egypt would rule as a dominion of the Greek
    Empire for many years with Pharaohs like
    Cleopatra, though not Egyptian but Greek

  • She fell in love with Mark Anthony, a high
    military general in Rome
  • However Anthony was having a civil war in Rome
    with Octavian who would eventually conquer Eygpt
    and put it under his Empire where it would stay
    until the Turks took over Eygpt in 641 AD
  • The Turks ruled until 1882 AD when the British
    took over indirectly after the Turks were
    weakened in the Napoleonic wars

Vocab Review
  • Hieroglyphics A form of writing based on
  • Rosetta Stone A stone on which a passage was
    written in three languages Greek, Egyptian
    hieroglyphics, and a form of Egyptian cursive
  • Pyramid- A large stone building to serve as a
    house for the dead.
  • Mummy A preserved dead body.
  • Economy The way people use and manage resources.