Ben Carson: Egyptian pyramids were grain stores , not pharaohs’ mausoleums

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Republican presidential hopeful stands by remarks induced in 1998, but criticised scientists who he said claimed pyramids were built by alien beings

Egypts pyramids were built by the biblical Joseph to store grain and were not, as archaeologists believe, tombs for pharaohs, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has said.

The retired neurosurgeon, who is seeking his partys nomination for the White House, induced these remarks in a 1998 address at Andrews University, a Michigan school links with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to which he belongs, in a video posted on Buzzfeed on Wednesday.

The church is a conservative evangelical Christian one.

In this 1998 speech, Ben Carson tells the pyramids in Egypt were built to store grain

My own personal hypothesi is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain, Carson who last week overtook Republican rival Donald Trump for the first time in a national poll told graduates in his address.

Now all the archeologists think that they were induced for the pharaohs tombs. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it.

And I dont think itd just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.

Asked on Wednesday if he still held these views, Carson told CBS News: Its still my belief, yes.

Speaking to MSNBCs Morning Joe on Thursday, rival Republican Trump said: Hes informed me about the pyramids. I guess Ill have to set that in my repertoire about Ben. That was a strange deal.

In his 1998 address, Carson said: And when you look at the style that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, theyd have to be that style for various reasons.

And various of scientists have said, Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and thats how, you know, it doesnt require an foreigner being when God is with you.

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In the old testament book of Genesis, Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob, was said to have stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.

After seven years of plenty, the narrative in Genesis tells, Egypt suffered seven years of famine, during which Joseph was able to feed the people with the grain he had stored.

Carson has spoken often about his faith, saying lately of his critics: They tell, Carson, you know, how can you be a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and believe that God generated the Earth, and not believe in evolution, which is the basis of all knowledge and all science?

But I do believe God generated us, and I did just fine And in fact, the more you know about God, and the deeper your relationship with God, I guess the more intricate becomes your knowledge of the style things work, including the human body.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report .

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