Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sharuhen: Another Exodus Clue

Sharuhen is mentioned in the Book of Joshua: Joshua 19:6
And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages:
Sharuhen of the Hyksos was destroyed by Pharaoh Ahmose I whose reign (the beginning of the New Kingdom) has been radiocarbon dated to 1570 and 1544 B.C.

Ramsey, et al., Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Dynastic Egypt, Science, Volume 328, Number 5985, Pages 1554-1557, Jul 2010
Our radiocarbon data indicate that the New Kingdom started between 1570 and 1544 B.C.E.
Therefore the Exodus must have preceded the reign of Ahmose I, and therefore also preceded the traditional Exodus date of 1450 B.C.

The Pharaoh preceding the Exodus was Pepi II Neferkare and the Exodus occurred circa 2200 B.C.

Exactly 430 years before Pepi II Neferkare and the Exodus lived Vizier Joseph (aka Imhotep) and his Pharaoh Djoser.

"Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years." -- Exodus 12:40

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