IMAGINING ANCIENT EGYPT IN THE 19TH CENTURY
FINDING BIBLE TRUTH?
MURRAY LEE EILAND
cient Egypt loomed large in the minds of the Victorians because
of the associations that country had with the Bible. By carefully examining the
texts and illustrations of books from the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
there is a notable shift in how ancient Egypt was appreciated. A moral tone gradually gave way to a
more scientific approach. Ancient Egypt was first viewed through the lens of the Bible, and
later, the Bible was only one source for Egyptian history. The latter part of
the Victorian period was the heyday of Egyptology as there was both great
public and academic interest in the field. This flowering also marked the birth
of archaeology - the study of material remains - as a separate discipline.