If yes, then go, just go. Pass quietly by. On second thoughts, stay, you may correct something I didn’t explain properly. Memory is a funny thing.
A certain theory, by a certain man, in a certain paper/book/ journal, which I can’t be bothered to name now, postulates that there existed a center of learning, of great and uncommon knowledge such as could be found nowhere else, in Egypt, and that the Egyptians were masters of the arcane arts and sciences, and that they routinely practiced things that we would nowadays call black magic, and voodoo, and sorcery. A notable example is Moses.
Moses was a Hebrew, an Israelite by birth, but an Egyptian by training. The Bible records that the boy Moses was wet-nursed by his own mother, for a fee (paid by Pharaoh’s daughter), and that when he grew (probably past the nursing /sucking bobi stage) his mother brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. Thus the boy was brought up in the palace like any other Egyptian prince or palace kid. (Exodus 2vs10).
Jump with me to verse 19, where Moses was identified as an Egyptian by the daughters of Jethro, the Priest of Midian. Okay. Fast forward a bit to chapter 4, in verse 3 to , where God instructed Moses to throw down his rod, and it became a snake. Got that? Good. Now come, let’s go to chapter 7, verse 10, where Moses and Aaron are with Pharaoh. It goes on to say that Pharaoh, in response, called the wise men, and the sorcerers, and they did likewise. Aaron’s own rod-snake swallowed their rod-snakes, a clear example of God’s superiority, but that’s not all. Further down in verse 20, Moses turned water to blood. The Egyptian sorcerers also did likewise. Chapter 8 records Moses conjuring up frogs from the bodies of water, but guess what? The magicians also did. The point. These magicians could do these things. The dividing line was their inability to replicate the flies.
Also, history records that Jesus and his Family went to Egypt, and it is interesting at this point to note that the Gospels are inconclusive about the age of Jesus at the time of the return from Egypt. . Matthew is indeterminate (read Chapter 2) Mark is silent, Luke is also vague, and John omits any mention of Jesus’ growing years. This theory also holds that Jesus spent a significant portion of his childhood in Egypt, and goes on to say he may have even studied at the EMS, given his strong affinity for centres of learning and spiritual enlightenment, since the next mention of the boy Jesus’ age is of his getting left behind at the temple, when he was twelve.
What am I saying? Read, brother, sister, read. Pursue knowledge. I was talking to a group of artists I was training, and I was bothered by the sheer number of “I don’t know”s I got as responses to my questions. All of them, down to the last one, had blackberry smartphones, capable of Google search!
Do you live in Lagos? Are you on the mainland? Then Come, let us have fun, discuss books, read, and rub minds while chewing on some wonderfully tasty roast turkey.
The venue is the Bar Enclave, 1, Adebola Adeleye Street, off Coker road, Ilupeju. The date is the last sunday of the month, and yes, it’s powered by Mainland Book Cafe. I will be there, what’s your excuse?
Ikechukwu Nwaogu is a writer, occasional poet, and playwright who lives and hustles in Lagos. An avid lover of books, reading, and poetry. He blogs at www.inkspilla.wordpress.com and tweets via @eyekaywizard[/color-box]