The Christian History Podcast-logo

The Christian History Podcast

History Podcasts >

More Information

Episodes

3.53 Greek Rule in Egypt: The Library at Alexandria and Euclid

11/8/2018
More
In this episode, I cover the father of Geometry, Euclid, who lived in Alexandria while Ptolemy the 1st ruled. I also discuss the first half of the history of the legendary Library at Alexandria. It was here that the circumference of the Earth was calculated, Archimedes invented his water pumping screw, and alphabetical order was first used. And so much more. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:26:44

3.52 Greek Rule in Egypt: Alexander and Ptolemy

11/1/2018
More
In this episode, I cover the period when Alexander expanded the Greek kingdom to its largest extent, from Europe to North Africa, and as far east as parts of India. And then, quite unexpectedly and at the young age of 32, he died. And without a clear heir. The formerly great kingdom was plunged into civil war. I wrap up with the history of Ptolemy, the first post-Alexander ruler of Greek Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:30:55

3.51 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 9: Alexander the Great takes over Egypt

10/25/2018
More
In this episode, I cover the defeat of the Persians by the Macedonians, led by Alexander the Great. At the time, Persia was ruled by Darius the 3rd. The Persians and the Greeks would fight several great battles. I cover several of these, including the Battle at Gaza, which would give the Greeks control of Egypt. Alexander would journey to the African nation, initiate the building of Alexandria, the return to defeat Darius and take control of the whole Persian Empire. After listening, let me...

Duration:00:29:16

3.50 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 8: Egypt Ruled by Persia Part 3

10/18/2018
More
In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians, then were briefly independent, only to be subjugated by the Persians again. This period included many conflicts with the Persians, and two different native Pharaohs who would flee their own country. One escaping to his sworn enemy, the Persians, and the other to Nubia. Overall, this episode covers Egypt between the years 361 and 338 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:25:34

3.49 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 7: Egypt Ruled by Persia Part 2

10/11/2018
More
In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Artaxerxes’s reign with his successor Xerxes the 2nd, through a progression of short-lived rulers. Egypt would gain independence under Pharaoh Amyrtaeus, the only ruler of the 28th Dynasty. He was succeeded by Nepherites of the 29th Dynasty who would continue to battle the Persians for Egyptian independence. I continue through the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo. Overall,...

Duration:00:26:13

3.48 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 6: Egypt Ruled by Persia

10/4/2018
More
In this episode, I work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Darius’s reign, through Xerxes, including a summary of the war with Greece, the assassination of Xerxes, and through the end of Artaxerxes rule. I also cover what is known about the satrap’s who governed Egypt and the internal rebellions in that ancient kingdom. The episode covers the history of the country between the years of 487 and 424 BC. After listening, let me know what you...

Duration:00:30:12

3.47 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 5: The 26th and 27th Dynasties

9/27/2018
More
In this episode, I finish the history of the 26th Dynasty, the last native rulers for a bit. I then start on the reign of the Persians, which are considered the 27th Dynasty. Both of these factor into the history found in the Old Testament. And, the episode covers the history of the country between the years of 595 and 486 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:30:17

3.46 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 4: The 25th and 26th Dynasties

9/20/2018
More
In this episode, I wrap up the 25th and make significant progress through the 26th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. And, in the transition from the 25th to 26th, I have to backtrack, so the episode covers ancient Egypt between 664 to 589 BC. During this period, power shifted back from Nubia to the Delta region. Interactions with the Assyrians, Judeans, and Babylonians were frequent, and one of the Pharaohs, Necho the 2nd, merited several mentions in the Old Testament. It’s even...

Duration:00:30:47

3.45 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 3: The 23rd, 24th, and 25th Dynasties

9/13/2018
More
In this episode, I make my way through the 23rd, 24th, and partially through the 25th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. Essentially ancient Egypt from 837 to 664 BC. During this period, power shifted from the northern region to Nubia, but not before a few competing rulers would try to seize the whole land. The Assyrians were the rising power in the northeast, and Egypt’s clashes with the Assyrians were recorded not only in Egypt, but also in the books of 2nd Kings and Isaiah, as well...

Duration:00:36:14

3.44 The 3rd Intermediate Period Part 2: The 22nd Dynasty

9/6/2018
More
In this episode, I cover the 22nd Dynasty’s reign during the 3rd Intermediate Period. This is the period from about 945 to 720 BC. There were sporadic interactions with the Hebrews in Canaan during this period, some of which merited brief mentions in the Old Testament. But, towards the end of the dynasty, the rulers of Lower Egypt would fall to the former vassal state of Kush, aka Nubia. Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:27:54

3.43 The Transition from the New Kingdom to the 3rd Intermediate Period

8/30/2018
More
In this episode, I wrap up the New Kingdom, covering Ramses 10 and 11. And when 11 died, so did the New Kingdom, plunging the declining country into the 3rd Intermediate Period. This period begins with the 21st Dynasty, and I manage to make it through these leaders and into the 22nd. Two of these rulers, one from the 21st and the other from the 22nd, are potentially mentioned in the Old Testament. Listen to find out the roles they played. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:28:49

3.42 The New Kingdom Part 11: Setnakhte, Ramses 3-9

8/23/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, beginning in the 20th Dynasty. And, I make it from Pharaoh Setnakhte then Ramses the 3rd through Ramses the 9th. So, the period of 1189 to 1111 BC. I also cover the apparently self-made Egyptian governor of Canaan, a man known as Irsu. Next week, I’ll finish the 20th Dynasty and begin the 21st. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:31:44

3.41 The New Kingdom Part 10: Merneptah, Seti II, Siptah, Queen Twosret

8/16/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, the remaining Pharaohs of the 19th Dynasty: Merneptah, Seti II, Amenmesse, Siptah, and Queen Twosret. So, the period of 1213 to 1189 BC. These rulers, while none reigned for any great period, did have a lasting impression of the history of Egypt. I also dive into a foreign leader who would rise to great power in Egypt, only to have a rapid fall leading to his execution. Next week, I’ll press the accelerator...

Duration:00:30:41

3.40 The New Kingdom Part 9: Ramesses II

8/9/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering the domestic policy and accomplishments of Ramesses the 2nd. Ramesses the Great ruled between 1279 and 1213 BC. He built many temples, palaces, and other structures, but unfortunately, few have stood the test of time. Listen to learn the surprises his mummy revealed. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you...

Duration:00:31:10

3.39 The New Kingdom Part 8: Seti the 1st and Ramesses the 2nd

8/2/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Seti the 1st and Ramesses the 2nd. This father and son duo ruled between 1290 and 1213 BC. While covering the entire reign of Seti, time permits me to only cover the foreign exploits of Rameses. And this included many legendary military campaigns in Canaan. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you...

Duration:00:29:11

3.38 The New Kingdom Part 7

7/26/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Ay, Horemheb, and Ramesses the 1st, spanning the years 1323 through 1290 BC. Which also marks the transition from the 18th to the 19th Dynasty. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to subscribe to, this was either after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of...

Duration:00:27:22

3.37 The New Kingdom Part 6

7/19/2018
More
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, and one of the most famous Kings, and that is Tut. Which is ironic considering that not long after his death, the Egyptians consciously tried to forget him. They reigned between 1335 and 1323 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled...

Duration:00:30:17

3.36 The New Kingdom Part 5

7/12/2018
More
In this episode, I continue the journey through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Akhenaten and Smenkhkare. They reigned between 1353 and 1334 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After...

Duration:00:31:30

3.35 The New Kingdom Part 4

7/5/2018
More
In this episode, I pick up where I left off a few episodes ago with the history of the New Kingdom, covering Pharaoh Amenhotep the 2nd, Thutmose the 4th, and Amenhotep the 4th. Their reigns spanned the years 1427 through 1353 BC and represent the high point of Egyptian civilization in the period. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:27:10

3.34 When was the Exodus? Part 2

6/28/2018
More
In this episode, the second of two, I dive deeper into the theories that attempt to date the Exodus. First, I take a look at the archaeological evidence that researchers have offered in an attempt to place the events in a timeline, focusing on various cities in Canaan. I also look at the known Egyptian history and align it with the biblical narrative. Next week, I’ll restart the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.

Duration:00:32:44