by: Ilse Posselt
Thursday, 7 April 2016 | The discovery came right in time for Passover. As the Jewish people prepare to celebrate the miraculous liberation of their forefathers from slavery in ancient Egypt, a delegation of German archaeologists uncovered two Star of David engravings in an ancient shrine on the banks of the Nile.
The six-pointed star, known in Hebrew as Magen David or the Shield of David, is virtually synonymous with Jewish identity today and proudly marks the flag of Israel. The pair of engravings was found carved in the ruins of a Roman temple, dating back to the third century BC, located on the Elephantine Island in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, The Jerusalem Post reports.
However, according to media reports, all parties involved were not equally smitten with the discovery of the engravings. In fact, the presence of the two modern-day symbols of Judaism seems to have caused quite the uproar among Egyptian officials.
Last week, Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities branch in the Antiquities Ministry declared that he noticed a slab in the Roman temple bearing the two Star of David engravings, The Jerusalem Post revealed.
However, instead of looking to the possibilities of their ancient origins, Afifi immediately cried foul and promptly accused the German archaeological team working on the site of engraving the stars into the shrine themselves.
Suezbalady, an Egyptian news site, took the conspiracy theory one step further. Finding a convenient scapegoat in a Jewish member of the German delegation, the site claimed that the engravings were carved to “vandalize Egyptian culture and provoke Egyptians,” The Jerusalem Post reports.
On Saturday, Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Khaled Anani, paid a visit to the Aswan shrine and subsequently took the matter in hand. In a statement Anani said that he requested a scientific report on the engravings from the archaeologists. “The report will include a picture of the stone under discussion from the time it was discovered, to explore its archaeological repercussions without the two Star of David engravings,” The Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.
As Egyptian officials continue to scuttle wildly for a suitable explanation for the two symbols of modern Judaism carved into stone right on its soil, The Bible Lands Museum pondered the “cosmic coincidence, just before Passover” on its Facebook page.
“We are reminded of the ancient expression from the Passover Haggadah,” the social media post read, “In every generation, one must see himself as if he has gone out of Egypt…”
Posted on April 7, 2016
Source: (Bridges for Peace, 7 April 2016)
Photo Credit: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem/facebook.com
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