- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
You run a bit too much. On the base of the reputation of Norman Garis & Davies I have disputed the existence of Smenkhkare, simply because in one of their works about the tombs at Akhetaten [the capital of Akhenaten, today Tell El Amarna], in particular the tomb of Meryre II, they correctly read the hieroglyphics copied by Lepsius as "Saakare". [?Who?]The only realistic purpose that I can envision for us here is embodied in this question:
For the structure in question: is the Yale paradigm of a Christian House Church in Dura-Europos REASONABLE based on what we know ?
Based on what we know, IMHO, the only rational answer would be in the affirmative.
To say all, being a Wiki author, I've edited the English page about Smenkhkare [probably a bit too early! I've put the things in the right order there].
Should we doubt of such a source? Yes we should ...
A different researcher, a French guy, copied the same hieroglyphics being well less complete and sure than Lepsius.
In a few words, the excess of certainty of Lepsius made N.G. & D make a terrific mistake [it's like to see Einstein making a mistake!]. Today we know that Lepsius copied the hieroglyphics for "Smenkhkare" in a wrong way, but N.G. & D trusted his work [because in the 99,9% of the occasions Lepsius was accurate].
The difference between the work by Lepsius about the tomb of Meryre II and the work about Dura is that Dura had examined in the XX century by personnel better equipped and prepared [educated]. And we are not reasoning about hieroglyphics, but about lines. Furthermore that work had peer reviewed.
It's easy to say "they were all Christians", also Galileo was Christian and he challenged the Church ...