Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Laugh today!

This monk was thinking about how the first book of the Bible speaks of Jesus. Thus the J.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On the Fall, Mortality, and the Age of the Earth

The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator (Saint Catherine's Monastery)
The two different facial expressions emphasize Christ's
two natures as fully God and fully human.

What follows is a recent communication with a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy.

I'm wondering if I might get your thoughts on something that causes me uncertainty. From what I've seen on your blog, perhaps you might have some advice/reflections to share on the subject? I see no biblical basis to oppose the idea that the Earth and Universe are billions of years old, and that there was animal death before the Fall. My uncertainty touches on the idea that humans were first created millions of years ago, but the historical time frame of the Bible beginning around 4000 BC or so? I can't wrap my mind around that. Millions of years just seems like an unnecessary amount of time from the creation of man and the Fall, to the eventual coming of Christ, doesn't it? Could there be any reason for this? I'm at a loss on how to look at the origin of mankind. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

You are asking good questions! In response, let's consider 3 points:

1. The Bible isn't about human origins. It makes theological assertions (propositions) about humans that can't be verified by science. The most important assertion is that humans were created from the beginning in the image of the Immortal God. Most of the Church Fathers and theologians find in this assertion the idea that humans were created to enjoy eternal life; that is, we have the potential to be immortal. As to how this was affected by the Fall, the Latin and Greek Fathers take different positions. The Eastern Church never speaks of sin being passed from Adam to his descendants. Instead, each person bears the guilt and shame of his or her own sin. What then does humanity inherit from Adam? In the Eastern view, it is a condition, or a disease. This disease results in corruption and death, which St. Paul also points to in I Corinthians 15:21. Cyril of Alexandria teaches that humanity became “diseased… through the sin of one." If we attend to the Biblical text closely, that is the sin of Eve, the crown of creation. Her action of submitting to the will of a base creature represents an inversion of the hierarchical order in creation, so that all of the creation is subjected to decay. The nature of all things became corrupted in the Fall, but the divine image in humanity was not erased, and the state of Paradise will be restored.

2. That brings us to the second point. The entire trajectory of the Bible is about how God makes man immortal. In other words, the message is less about human origins than it is about the origin of Messianic hope. Through Messiah, the Son of God, we die to death and rise to immortality. Through his work, we receive forgiveness of sins, justification, and deliverance from the second death.

The Bible speaks of two distinct deaths. The Apostle Paul explains that those who die in Christ will rise in Him on the Last Day. These will not die the "second death" of which John speaks in Revelation 2:11 - "Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death."

The Risen Messiah is to lead his followers to immortality. Among the Horite Hebrew, the welfare of the people depended on the righteousness of their ruler. The test of absolute righteousness was the ruler's bodily resurrection. The grave would not be able to hold the Righteous Ruler, and upon his bodily resurrection, he would lead his people to eternity. This royal procession language is found in Ps. 68:18; Ps. 7:7, and Eph. 4:8. Jesus is the only Horite Hebrew ruler-priest to fulfill the Messianic hope.

3. That brings us to the third point. The Young-Earth interpretation is based on Bishop Ussher's dating of the so-called "begats" in Genesis. But Bishop Ussher goofed! He did not recognize that the lists of Genesis 4, 5, 10, 11, 25 and 36 are king lists, not lists of the first people on earth. These lists can't be used to calculate the age of the earth by adding the years the rulers lived. This is to abuse this material. In this sense, Young-Earth Creationism is not biblical. The rulers listed are the ancestors of the Horite Hebrew ruler-priest lines. Among them are Abraham, Esau, Jacob, Amram, Moses, Elkanah, Samuel, David, and Joachim, the father of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos.

This chart shows the Horite Hebrew rulers of Edom who are listed in Genesis 36. This is the clan of Seir the Horite. These are Abraham's people. Edom was called "Idumea" by the Greeks. Idumea means "land of red people" and at least two rulers of Edomite blood are noted for their red skin tone: Esau and David. Horite Hebrew were devotees of the Creator and his son Horus. Horite is "Horim" in Hebrew. Jews call their ancestors their Horim.

Tomorrow we will continue this conversation. Your questions about Adam and the age of the earth are important! Thanks for the great questions, and "Welcome home!"

Alice C. Linsley

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Historicity of Noah's Flood

Alice C. Linsley

The historicity of the flood in Genesis is highly probably once we determine when and where Noah lived, using the data of Scripture. That requires analysis of the kinship of the rulers listed in Genesis chapters 4, 5, 10, 11, 25 and 36. These rulers appear to have a common genetic ancestry. This can be asserted because they have the same marriage and ascendancy pattern which indicates that their ruling lines intermarried. In the diagram below, the key to understanding that the lines of Ham and Shem intermarried is the daughter of Asshur. Consistent with the cousin bride's naming prerogative, she named her first born son Asshur, after her father.

Genesis 10:8 tells us that Nimrod was a Cushite kingdom builder. Abraham is one of his descendants. This is the first clue that Noah was not Mesopotamian, but rather a Proto-Saharan.

The identical pattern is evident in the intermarriage of the lines of Cain and Seth. Lamech's daughter married her cousin Methuselah and named their first born son Lamech, after her father.

Lamech the Younger is the great grandfather of Noah.

At the time Noah lived, the Sahara was wet. There was an extensive system of interconnected lakes and rivers. The western Nile watershed extended well into the Sudan. Hydrological studies indicate many periods of flooding from the Nile to the Atlantic coast of Nigeria. Noah lived in the region of Lake Chad. This is the only place on earth that is claimed by the native population to be Noah's homeland. It is called Bor-No, meaning Land of Noah. The gray shaded areas show the ancient water ways in the African Sheer Zone. The area was prone to flooding.

There was an abundance of reeds. According to Genesis 6:14, Noah's ark was constructed of גפר (gofer/gopher), which is the word used to describe the basket in which Moses floated on the Nile. In other words, the ark was constructed of reeds. The hollow reeds were extremely buoyant. Such vessels are still constructed by the marsh Arabs of Iraq and East Africans.

There is a great deal of evidence that boats were once prevalent in the Sahara. The black mahogany Dufuna dugout (shown below) was found in the Sudan buried 16 feet under clays and sands whose alternating sequence showed evidence of deposition in standing and flowing water. The dugout is 8000 years old. By comparison, Egypt's oldest boat is only about 5000 years old. Peter Breunig (University of Frankfurt, Germany) has written this description of the Dufuna boat: “The bow and stern are both carefully worked to points, giving the boat a notably more elegant form”, compared to “the dugout made of conifer wood from Pesse in the Netherlands, whose blunt ends and thick sides seem crude”. Judging by stylistic sophistication, Breunig reasons that, “It is highly probable that the Dufuna boat does not represent the beginning of a tradition, but had already undergone a long development, and that the origins of water transport in Africa lie even further back in time.”

Boats appear on prehistoric rock paintings in the Sahara. Many show people transporting long horn cows by boat. The Proto-Saharan were cattle-herding. Here are examples of the sickle, incurved sickle, square, incurved square, and flared boat types found on the prehistoric rock art of the Central Eastern Desert of Egypt.

The historicity of Noah’s concern for animals is supported by the discovery that Proto-Saharan rulers kept royal menageries of exotic animals. The oldest known zoological collection was found during the 2009 excavations at the shrine city of Nekhen on the Nile. The royal menagerie dates to about 3500 BC and included hippos, elephants, baboons and wildcats. Noah would have known about the shrine city of Nekhen. It was one of the earliest worship centers for the Horite Hebrew. This painting was found on the wall of a tomb in Nehken.

At Nekhen archaeologists discovered a mummified ruler with red hair and a red beard. Noah and his descendants appear to be in Y-DNA Haplogroup R1b. The R1b rulers were the "mighty men of old" who dispersed into southern Europe, the Tarum Valley of China, and eventually into the British Isles. About 70% of native British men are in Haplogroup R1b. The dark red spot in Central Africa is Noah's homeland near Lake Chad.

Similar mummified remains have been found in pyramids in the Tarum Valley of China. The oldest date to about 1900 BC. Below is a photo of one of the Tarum royal mummies. Note the red hair and solar image on the ruler's cheek. The solar mark indicates that he was divinely appointed. Divine appointment among Abraham's ancestors was indicated by being overshadowed by the Sun. This explains why the Angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be "overshadowed" and the one she brought forth is the Son of God. The "Ur-David" mummy (shown below) was tall and had red hair. This mummy, also called Cherchen Man or Chärchän Man, dates to about 1000 B.C.

The Edomite rulers listed in Genesis 36 are identified with rulers who were red: Esau and David. Abraham's territory was entirely in the ancient land of Edom, called "Idumea" by the Greeks. Idumea means "land of red people."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Numbers and the Kingdom of God

Alice C. Linsley

Rom. 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.St. Augustine (A.D. 354-430) wrote: “Numbers are the universal language offered by the Deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” St. Augustine argued against the Donatist, Tichonius, observing that "if Tichonius had said that these mystical rules open out some of the hidden recesses of the law, instead of saying that they reveal all the mysteries of the law, he would have spoken truth" (De Doctrina Christiana, III, xlii).

The Church Fathers recognized that mystery surrounds the divine, but they condemned magical use of numbers in occult practices. They observed patterns in the numerical symbolism of Scripture. St. Ambrose, commenting on the days of creation, explained that interpretation for the Christian relies upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He wrote:
"The number seven is good, but we do not explain it after the doctrine of Pythagoras and the other philosophers, but rather according to the manifestation and division of the grace of the Spirit; for the prophet Isaias has enumerated the principal gifts of the Holy Spirit as seven.”
The Church Fathers were not interested in philosophical speculation about numbers. However, they did wish to lift up the meaning of Scripture according to the tradition which they received, a tradition that Jesus Himself drew on; a Tradition rich in number symbolism, typology, and pattern. Perhaps Ambrose’s view takes into consideration the consistency of number symbolism throughout the Canon.

The ancient Horite Hebrew (Habiru) used numbers and numerical patterns in decision making, selecting clans and individual for God appointed tasks, and in rendering judgements.

Casting lots was a method of selecting and is not occult. It is based on probability and it is likely that the ancient Horite Habiru (Hebrew) understood that randomness resolves in patterns. They would have viewed these patterns as being fixed by the Creator.

One form of divination that God allowed was done only by the High Priest. This is sometimes referred to as "cleromancy". Exodus 28:30, explains that the Urim and the Thummim (probably sets of stones) were in the breastpiece, "so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the Lord. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.” One set was white and the other was black. These appear to represent a yes-no approach to decision making consistent with the binary worldview of the Horite Hebrew. These seem to represent binary sets. The urim would have a number of associations which would be assigned the opposite meaning with the thummim. Using these tools involved yes-no questions, but also a cosmological framework by which meaning was expressed. That would involve considerations such as the four directional poles, sacred centers, gender, numbers, and reversals.

The prophet of old, the moreh, gave instruction from their trees. Abraham consulted the Moreh at Mamre who sat under a great Oak. Deborah sat under a tamar, or date nut palm. These prophets, like John the Baptist, were away from the population centers. People had to make an effort to travel to them. Further, their trees appear to be at the sacred center between two shrine cities. The oak of the moreh was between Ai and Bethel, on an east-west axis. The tamar of Deborah was between Bethel and Ramah, on a north-south axis.

The number symbolism of the ancient prophets represents a system that assigned numbers and gender virtues to the north, south, east and west. Thus the number one is assigned to north, and north is associated with the heavens, God’s eternal throne. The number six is assigned to sacred center (tiferet), a state of harmony or equilibrium.The number nine represents the west, the future, the bridal chamber, and the consummation of the celestial union.

When the number 3 is associated with south, fertility, productivity, and peace on earth (shalom). It is that state of heaven coming down (the advent of God, Messiah's Incarnation). This is evident in the description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation. The city has twelve gates and sits on twelve foundation stones (Revelation 21:12-14). Three face east, three face north, three face south, and three face west. We may illustrate this as follows

3→ 3↑ 3↓ 3← Notice that the third position faces south.

Compare this to the “bronze sea” in Solomon’s temple which rested on twelve oxen (1 Kings 7:23-26).

3→ 3↑ 3↓ 3← Notice that they coincide.

It appears that north and east are dominant and associated with maleness. South and West are supplementary and associated with femaleness. Some of this mystical number symbolism is evident in the Ten Sefirot of Kabalah.

Imagine a circle with north as a point at the top center. This also represents high noon, a time of no shadows. This position of priority is assigned the number 1, symbolizing the Uncreated Hidden God (Ain Soph). Directly opposite is the point south, assigned the number three. It is associated with marriage and fertility, divine overshadowing and miraculous conception.

Kingdom Building by Two

In Genesis the numbers two and seven point to a kingdom given or revealed. We see this in the necessity for two wives to establish a kingdom. Sarah resided in Hebron (Kiriath-Arba) and Keturah in the region of Beersheba. Their separate households were on a north-south axis and marked the northern and southern boundaries of Abraham's territory in Edom (Idumea - land of red people).

In the story of Joseph’s interpretation of dreams in Genesis 40-41, we find a pattern involving the number two and seven:

2 years in prison awaiting his deliverance
2 royal officials
2 dreams involving the number 7
2 additional years in prison before Joseph receives a kingdom

Compare this to Luke 10:1-20 which uses two and seven to speak of the Kingdom:

70 + 2 appointed to proclaim the Kingdom
2 sent (in pairs) to declare peace to many households
2 cities: Chorazin and Bethsaida, where Christ perform miracles and none repented (Luke 10:13)
2 cities: Tyre and Sidon, where the Prophet Elijah performed miracles and Jesus was recognized as Messiah (Mark 3:8; 7:24).

The number two speaks of a kingdom given and received. The ancient kingdom builders built up their houses through two wives and two concubines. This was the pattern until the time of David and Solomon. The first born sons of the two wives did not share their father's throne. The proper heir was the first born son of the first wife. This wife was a half-sister, as was Sarah to Abraham. So, Isaac was Abraham's proper heir. His first born son by Keturah was Joktan. He was named after Keturah's father and served as a high ranking official in the territory of his maternal grandfather, after whom he was named. This is pattern characterizes the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the Horite Hebrew.

Related reading: Number Symbolism in the BibleYes, Georgia, there is a Kingdom; Jesus Christ in Genesis; Kushite Kings and the Kingdom of God; Genesis on Sons and the Son

Friday, June 30, 2017

Getting the Narrative Right

Alice C. Linsley

There are many problems with this article, titled: "DNA Discovery of Ancient Mummies Supports Biblical Narrative of Descendants of Ham, Son of Noah."

1. The lines of Ham and Shem intermarried. This has been demonstrated by analysis of the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the rulers listed in Genesis 4 and 5. The lines of Cain and Seth intermarried, as did the lines of Ham and Shem.

The same pattern is found with Amram, the father of Moses, Aaron and Korah.

See the diagrams in this article on the Genesis King Lists to better understand the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the Mighty Men of Old.

2. All these peoples are in the same DNA (Y-chromosome) group - Haplogroup R1. The R Haplogroup is extremely archaic, older than the time of Noah. Here you will see the territories into which the R1b peoples dispersed. Note that the dark red spot in central Africa is the Lake Chad region, Noah's homeland. It is called Bor-Nu, meaning Land of Noah. Noah was a Proto-Saharan ruler.

3. The R1b peoples dispersed into southern Europe and the Indus River Valley and some went into Brittany and the British Isles. About 60% of British men are in Haplogroup R1b. The 6-prong star, called the "merkaba" in Hebrew, is found in all the territories in which they settled. It symbolizes the rising of the Sun, the emblem of the Creator among the R1b peoples. The image is seen on the ossuaries of Hebrew priests and their family members and on some carvings from the oppida (a "high place") of the Castro culture in Galicia, Spain (shown above on top right). Many other artifacts common to the R1b peoples have also been found from the Upper Nile to the Tarum Valley of China.

The 2,000-year-old ossuary shown above belonged to a daughter of the Caiaphas family of high priests. It is marked with the 6 pointed star and has an Aramaic inscription that says, “Miriam Daughter of Yeshua Son of Caiaphas, Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth Imri.” The inscription dates to the time of the Second Temple.

The same image is found on this ossuary of Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest (shown below).

The merkaba as chariot spokes within a circle appears to be an Iron Age version of Ra's solar boat. The Creator was believed to mount the sun as a chariot and ride the winds, making His circuit. This speaks about God's sovereignty over all the Earth.

The rulers listed in Genesis 4, 5, 10 and 11 were the builders of the great Sun cities of the ancient world. The priests who served in these temples were Ha'biru or Hebrew. Some were devotees of Horus. These are the Horite Hebrew and some of their rulers are listed in Genesis 36.

Related reading: Burial Practices of the Rulers of Old; Haplogroups of Interest to Biblical Anthropologists; Abraham and Job Were Horite Rulers; The Serpent of Moses's Staff

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Okay! A Book is Coming

Daniel from Poland

Alice C. Linsley

I was asked by a young man from Poland whether a book I proposed to write has been published. Here is what Daniel Kalinowski asked:
I recall that you were going to write one on subjects mentioned on the blog, was it published?

I'm very interested in the subject and would like to have that book and also hear critique of your work.
Maybe in near future a book covering some of these topics will appear in Eastern Europe written by me - it would be perfect if I could place some of your articles in footnotes, but they (articles) must be scholarly reviewed.

Here is my response to Daniel:

Finding a publisher takes time from the research and I am not inclined to waste my remaining years trying to get a book published. I would rather share my research with interested and thoughtful people, such as yourself.

My blogs such as Just Genesis and Biblical Anthropology are a way to do that. However, lately I have been urged to publish and stop giving away the research. These are the words of a member of my Facebook group, The Bible and Anthropology, after I complained about a book that used my research without citation.

Don't worry too much about peer review. If you have read Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" you are aware that paradigm shifts often result from an individual's work, not the work of a community of academics or scientists. Most of my published research is not peer-reviewed and therefore not constrained by academic expectations or the present environment of censorship of the politically incorrect. My research would never pass the prejudices of the National Science Foundation, for example. I suppose this is the closest thing I have to a peer-reviewed article: Genesis in Anthropological Perspective.

Many would be crushed by lack of recognition. For me, it is not so important. My passion is to strengthen the emerging science of Biblical Anthropology (sister to Biblical Archaeology) as long as I am able, as a independent researcher. If you do use some of my research, please cite me. If you don't trust the validity of material that is not peer-reviewed, you will miss out on an enormous amount of data that you would find helpful.

Biblical Anthropology provides tested methods and tools to push back the veil of time, to uncover anthropologically significant data that clarifies precedents, etiology, and context. The discoveries made in Biblical Anthropology prove helpful to students, pastors, and academics such as yourself.

Best wishes to you in your future endeavors.

Alice C. Linsley

P.S. I've sent a book proposal to an agent and he has responded that it will take 6 weeks to evaluate a project of the scope I propose on The Mighty Men of Old.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Did Joseph Serve King Horemheb?

Is this the face of the ruler who appointed Joseph as his chief executive?

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Alice C. Linsley

Who ruled Egypt when Joseph came to power?

That question has perplexed readers of the Bible for many generations. Different answers have been given based on the dating of Joseph and the alignment of his life with the reigns of at least 15 rulers. Some scholars believed that Joseph's rise to power took place over an extended period, rather than the brief time described in Genesis. Abraham Malamat (1922–2010) believed the story of Israel in Egypt and the Exodus represents events over a prolonged period.

Many scholars place Joseph in Egypt during the 12th Dynasty (BC 1991-1788) and link him to the Hyksos. Some place him earlier, towards the end of the 11th Dynasty (BC 2134-1991),

Based on the best calculations I can give, I place Joseph in Egypt at a later time. I believe the ruler of Egypt when Joseph came to power was Horemheb who reigned from 1306 until 1292 BC. He was the last pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. He was married to Nefertiti's sister, Mutnodjmet, who died in child birth.

Horemheb was born a commoner. He was promoted to a high military rank during the time of Akhenaten (c. 1353–1336 BC). Akhenaten elevated Aten above the other gods and reduced the power of the temple priests who were not in the service of Aten. He is credited with a religious revolution, directed from his royal city of Amarna. He wanted to restore the glory Egypt had known under Amenhotep III. He built his rock-cut temple at Gebel Silsila. His tomb at Saqqara was aligned to Heliopolis in the north and contained images of the divinely overshadowed Hathor, the mother of Horus. On the west wall of his tomb is a painting depicting Horus presenting Horemheb to Hathor. The tomb is designated KV57 and it was never completed.


Detail from the tomb of Horemheb

During the reign of Tutankhamen (c. 1361-1352) the cult of Aten was repressed and the capital of Egypt was once again Thebes. King Tut strengthened the authority of Amen's priesthood. His uncle was the High Priest of Ra. During King Tut's reign, Horemheb rebuilt the army which had suffered losses due to pestilence, pacified peoples of Canaan, and fought with the Assyrians against the Hittites in northern Syria. Horemheb killed the Hittite king Suppiluliuma.

Horemheb succeeded Ay who had continued Tutankhamun’s return to traditional religious practices. Horemheb restored the rights of the temple priests, especially at On (Heliopolis). Tutankhamun's cartouche shows the temple of On and bears the word shema which in Hebrew means "hear." The Creator is referred to as the "God of Manifestations."

  General Horemheb and his first wife, Amenia

Horemheb's Favor

Horemheb served as vizier to Tutankhamun and Ay. He continued to restore the prominence of the gods and temples that were celebrated before the reign of  Akhenaten. As a Horite Hebrew devotee of Ra and Horus, Joseph would not have found favor with Akhenaten, but he would have found favor with Horemheb.

The favor shown to Joseph is described in Genesis 41:44-46.  Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."

Joseph was to ride in the king's second chariot; and the servants cried before him, “Bow the knee!"

Horemheb also favored Joseph by giving him as a wife the daughter of the High priest of On (Heliopolis). The shrine city of On was dedicated to Ra, the father, and Horus, the son. Horemheb means "Horus is in festival."

Placing Joseph's rise to power in the reign of Horemheb resolves the difficulty posed by Exodus 1:8: Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.

It is unlikely that this refers to an individual king. It is more likely that this refers to a new dynasty or a new royal house. The Ancient Egyptian pr-ʿȝ is formed from the words pr meaning house, as in O'piru (Sun house) and ʿȝ meaning great. The word Pharaoh means "Great House." When the text says that Joseph was not recognized, it likely means that the new dynasty had its own officials and the authority of Joseph was diminished.

Sons Born to Old Men

The Horite Hebrew rulers had two wives. The sons born to these wives spanned many years. Sarah was unable to have children and when she did conceive she and Abraham were quite elderly. Isaac would have been more the age of a grandson to Abraham. 

Isaac's son Jacob was born to Isaac's patrilineal cousin bride, Rebecca. She was Isaac's cousin bride. The cousin bride was taken shortly before the heir ascended to the throne of his father. This explains Abraham's urgency to get a wife for Isaac before he died. Jacob was born to Isaac late in Isaac's life.
He would have been more the age of a grandson to Isaac. 

Jacob's second wife was Rachel. She had a difficult time conceiving and Joseph was born when Jacob was quite old. Joseph would have been more the age of a grandson to Jacob. 

If we consider Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph as closer to the age of grandsons than sons, the span of their years is close to seven generations, that is, between 600 and 700 years.

An inscription by the Egyptian ruler Merneptah, discovered in 1896 by Flinders Petrie, makes reference to Israel. An earlier reference found with the name “Israel" pushes the Israelite presence in Egypt 200 years earlier, to about BC 1400. That is about 600 years after Abraham the Hebrew had a personal audience with the Egyptian king. The ruler with whom he met was likely Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II who reigned c. BC 2061-2010.

Taking into consideration the age of the sons relative to the old age of their fathers, the calculation of the approximate time of Joseph's rise to power is as follows:

Abraham meets with Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II between c. 2061-2010 BC. Let's put the audience with the Egyptian king at about 2000 BC. 
Horemheb's reign was c. 1306-1292 BC
The time from Abraham in Canaan to Joseph's rule in Egypt is between 600 and 700 years.
Substract 700 years from 2000 = 1300 BC. This corresponds within 6 years to the estimated time of Horemheb's reign.