For many years, Egyptologists had doubted that Imhotep had been a real
person- they found it rather difficult to believe the various accomplishments
credited to him in the accounts written over a thousand years after he was
supposed to have lived.
At times, Imhotep has been termed the "Leonardo da
Vinci" of ancient Egypt, but in fact he was more than that. Da Vinci gained the
reputation of a genius- Imhotep was eventually elevated to the status of a god.
In Egypt's long list of "gods", very few were ever once living among them.
Imhotep was. Manetho wrote that "during his [Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty] reign
lived Imouthes [i.e., Imhotep], who, because of his medical skill has the
reputation of Asclepius [the Greek god of medicine] among the Egyptians and who
was the inventor of the art of building with hewn stone." It was this statement
that caused the specialists to doubt the existence of a real man named Imhotep.
But in 1926, the question was settled once and for all- Imhotep was a
When excavations were carried out at the Step Pyramid at Sakkara,
fragments of a statue of pharaoh Djoser were found.
The base was inscribed with
the names of Djoser and of "Imhotep, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt,
Chief under the King, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High
Priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep the Builder, the Sculptor, the Maker of Stone
Does this fit what we know of Joseph? The Bible is quite clear on his high
rank under the pharaoh:
GEN 41:40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according
unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater
than thou. 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and
they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of
Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no
man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
In fact, it sounds
as if Joseph was the first person ever given such honor by a pharaoh, which is
confirmed by evidences in Egypt. If this man, Imhotep, was Joseph, surely there
must be some evidence tieing him with the Biblical account. Let's take a