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Impressions of Egypt, 1933

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 18, 2014

John A. Widtsoe spent a few days in Egypt en route to Haifa, where he would reorganize the Palestine-Syria Mission. He picked up this postcard in Cairo and jotted his impressions on the back:

“The religion of the Egyptians seems clearly to be a corruption of a higher, purer form. Note on the other side how heaven and earth combine to cause the act of creation.

“This is a most colorful, filthy, smelly city. Egypt still thinks it is 3000 years B.C.”





  1. So, he was a big-picture guy like Nibley, eh?

    Comment by Grant — February 18, 2014 @ 10:31 am

  2. Funny juxtaposition of comments about Egypt: a line about higher truths/religion, followed by, oh, what a smelly city. Ha! I guess that’s what the small space of a postcard does to a writer.

    Comment by David Y. — February 18, 2014 @ 11:14 am

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