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Coins or Scarabs?

25th September 2009

As noted in a comment in my last post, Daniel O. McClellan over at his his blog Maklelan, has some possible pictures of the so-called “coins” that were discovered. If he is correct in his opinion and if his pictures are accurate, then these are certainly not coins, but scarabs.

Perhaps if further pictures are produced, there might be something to this story. As it stands right now, it looks very unlikely, especially considering the tendentiousness of the source (illustrated by the apologetic aim to show that the Quran’s references to coins at the time of Joseph are historically accurate).

2 Responses to “Coins or Scarabs?”

  1. Museum of Egypt cache of coins with Joseph's name and image found Says:

    [...] story is probably a Muslim apologetic hoax. Go here: Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot Blog Archive Coins or Scarabs? Joseph-Era Egyptian “Coins” Daniel O. McClellan [...]

  2. Robert Says:


    Yes bad journalism. Did some poking around and found this:

    Has a bit more meat to it and is also along the apologetic line.