«Хранящий большое время». Сборник научных трудов к 50-летию А.А. Немировского
The article considers the statements, which date the Exodus to the start of Dynasty XVIII (to the historical reign of Ahmose I) or to its end (the post-Amarna time). They should come back not to the authentic text by Manetho but to its tradition and present variations of a general idea that the Exodus coincided with the end of a tumultuous time in Egypt and coincided with a boundary in its history.
The article deals with the description of a ancient Egyptian magic and healing statue in the Statue in Medieval Arab Anonymous Akhbār al-zamān (Pseudomasudi / Ibn Wasif Shah, 10th‑12th cent.). Though the whole story is greatly influenced by folklore motifs, it is clear that the description refers to Isis lactans, popular iconographic type of late Greco-Roman time. On one hand, this demonstrates survivability and importance of Isis’ cult in the Coptic period (the Arab tradition reflects corresponding Coptic tradition), even in a depersonalized manner (the statue is not denoted by any name). On the other hand, this statue should be considered together with many others mentioned in the text; in one words, this can be regarded not only as the hellenization of Isis’ image in the Graeco-Roman period but also as its subsequent later arabisation.