WHO WAS PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER?
The next question that must be addressed is whether there existed in the 18th dynasty, a
pharaoh without a royal son to pass the throne to, and whether that pharaoh had a royal daughter
of note. The answer is a most resounding "yes"! Not only did "Thutmoses I/Amenhotep I" not
have a royal son who lived, he had a daughter who is the most well-known and well-documented
female personage of all ancient Egyptian history, next to Cleopatra. Her names were Nefure and
Hatshepsut. She was referred to as "Nefure" when we first learn of her in the inscriptions. At that
time, she is a royal princess- her father was co-regent for the emperor, "pharaoh Ahmosis". She
is referred to in the ancient records by this name, Nefure, until a point in time when she becomes
known as the "royal queen"- we'll explain a little later.
Also, we want to explain that when Moses was born, the emperor of all Egypt was
Ahmosis who lived in Thebes. In Memphis, Thutmoses 1 was co-regent, and also called
"pharaoh". The word "pharaoh" comes from the Egyptian word "pero" which simply means "big
house". This "pharaoh", whose daughter rescued baby Moses, didn't become emperor of all of
Egypt until Moses was about 12 years old.
WHO WAS MOSES?
Let me interject here that Egyptian scholars have constructed a scenario whereas
"Nefure" and "Hatshepsut" are 2 different people. However, again, we can with great confidence
state that these 2 names belong to the same lady. It was young Nefure who rescued baby Moses
from the Nile while she was living at the palace in Memphis- the royal residence of the co-regent. In the museums across the world are various statues, unlike any other ancient Egyptian
statues, which are of a young girl holding a baby or small child- this child wears on his head the
"royal side-lock" of a future prince. The names on these statues are "Nefure" and "Senmut"-
Senmut being the baby's name. However, the scholars have designated the woman in these
statues as being a man named "Senmut", who is the official nurse of princess "Nefure".
Moses = SENMUT
"Senmut" is the Egyptian name given to Moses when he first came to live at the palace.
This name is of extreme importance for it means literally "mother's brother". To understand the
significance, we must explain briefly a subject which normally would take several volumes-
Egyptian religion and the pharaoh...
The ancient Egyptians believed that the first king of Egypt was Osiris. Osiris was
married to Isis, his sister. Osiris' brother, Set, killed Osiris out of jealousy for the throne. To sum
it up briefly, Isis brought Osiris back to life for one night by a magic spell- and during this one
night she was impregnated by Osiris, who then returned to his death state. The child she bore
was called Horus, and he was the reincarnation of Osirus. At the end of the story, the throne is
returned to Horus, the rightful king.
Therefore, Isis' child was her son, her husband and her brother- all in one. All kings of
Egypt were then said to be "Horus"- the reincarnation of Osiris. Confusing?- yes. But that's what
Do you see the significance of the name given to Moses? He was being "set up" in the
Egyptian economy to possibly be the future king- the royal heir of his "grandfather-pharaoh".
His "grandfather" (adopted, of course) had no royal male heirs- they had died. But he had one
royal daughter, Nefure. The future king could only inherit the throne through the royal daughter.
She (Nefure) convinced her father, the pharaoh, to make her little adopted boy his future heir.
Nefure, as the symbolic Isis, had her little "Osiris/Horus", who was named "Senmut"- his
"mother's brother". If all of this seems a bit complicated and silly, just compare it with the rules
and regulations of the royal family of England today. The right to the throne doesn't pass that
easily to someone inside the family, much less outside of the family. But, in times when there is
no heir, preparations and steps must be taken to procure the right for whoever is determined.
With this understanding, there is a Scripture which sheds a great deal more light on the
situation of Moses as Nefure (Hatshepsut)'s son:
HEB 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come
to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;