Moses was raised in the learning and wisdom of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22). Traditionally the Pentateuch (the first five books, or rolls, of the Bible) are attributed to him. Whether he was the principal author of the books from Genesis to Deuteronomy, or was simply their main inspiration, his influence was significant in their writing and/or canonization. If the Bible is simply the word of man, would we not see the errors of the day (erroneous Egyptian ideas) creeping into the text of the Torah? As it turns out, we do not -- not a whit!
Ancient Egyptian medical practice was a mixture of folk wisdom, superstitious incantations, and bizarre surgical procedures. Let's take a look a few:
*If you are going gray, simply wash in the blood of a black cat which has been boiled in oil. (I must confess, I have never tried this.)
* If you are losing your hair, there is good news: Apply a concoction made from a donkey tooth crushed into a mixture of honey and hippopotamus fat. No problem!
* Wrinkles? Simply open up half a toad and lay it against your skin. (The ultimate frog pack!)
* Lacking in Vitamin K, the clotting agent? Have you tried donkey manure? Just rub it in and the blood loss will be staved off, so the Egyptians taught.
* Have a splinter under your skin? A little worm blood should tease it out!
In case you think I am poking fun at the Egyptians, the fact is that the Hebrews, outside the Bible, taught equal nonsense. Yet inside the Bible, which we believe to be the inspired Word of God, there is no error.
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