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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-11 12:47 AM
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60. Only one mention of "Israel" in all of ancient Egyptian history...
Edited on Tue Apr-19-11 12:56 AM by onager
And even that is iffy. Experts are still arguing over whether the single mention is of (1) Israel as a place (2) Israel as a people (3) Israel at all, since the translation could also refer to several other places/peoples.

The translation I saw in the Egyptian Museum/Cairo is a straightforward account of a military campaign: Pharoah Merneptah took an army west to put down an insurgency in Libya. While he was still on campaign, revolts also blew up in the region of Canaan. So the army marched east and quickly put down those rebellions.

The museum translation reads: "The seed of Israel is crushed. It is no more." Which is pretty funny, I always like to point out, since the seed of Israel is still in the same place and annoying the Egyptians to this very day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merneptah_Stele

On edit - Then there's the parting of the Red Sea...which in Egyptian legend was the parting of the Nile River. It's a myth about one of Egypt's most revered pharoahs, Sneferu. Revered probably because he liked hanging around with the common people, according to the stories about him. He's also famous for building the Red and Bent pyramids at Dashur.

According to the legend, Sneferu was floating down the Nile one day with his harem. One harem-lady was idly dipping her hand in the water, when a ring slipped off her finger.

Seeing the girl was broken-hearted, Sneferu promised to replace the ring when they reached the shore. But the girl replied that the ring could never be replaced, since it was a gift from her dead father.

Then Sneferu ordered the boat stopped, and asked his court magician to find the ring. The magician parted the waters of the Nile, and walked along the river bottom until he found the ring.
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