Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, February 2019
The Egyptian Origins of King David and the Temple of Solomon
by Asmed Osman
Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2019, 224 pages, 6 x 9, Paperback, US $18.00
11 b&w illustrations
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Ahmed Osman, the author of such scholarly and historically challenging books as Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion, Moses and Akhenaten, and The Lost City of the Exodus, in his latest book, The Egyptian Origins of King David and the Temple of Solomon, continues to challenge the accepted mainstream paradigms and beliefs of Orthodox Christianity.
Pointing out that no archaeological evidence has yet been unearthed describing King David or Solomon, out of thousands of ancient documents unearthed from various sites in the Middle East,
Osman proposes that their identities may simply be radically different from what was written down in the Biblical texts. He points to Egyptian historical and archaeological evidence that bear striking similarities to David and Solomon's characteristics and accomplishments. He sees King Solomon as King David's son instead, and as Pharaoh Amenhotep, the pharaoh who was the builder of the Temple of Luxor and the Mortuary Temple at Luxor, closely resembling the Biblical descriptions of Solomon's Temple. Osman accuses the Biblical narrators of Genesis of concealing the Egyptian identity of Isaac's father who instead was David, Pharaoh Thuthmosis III of the 18th Dynasty, who lived five centuries earlier than believed, living in Thebes, Egypt instead of Jerusalem. If right, this book puts a whole different spin on the Biblical narratives and the chronological order of things!