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The Land Of Ramesses

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The appearance of the name "Raamses" in the Biblical account of the Sojourn and Exodus presents a conundrum. While there is nothing inherently impossible in a royal name occurring in the designation of a settlement the result is a name compounded with another element in a bound construction. It used to be maintained in defense of the identification with that the latter dropped out of usage after the Ramesside era; and that therefore its presence in the Exodus tradition must prove historical authenticity. Occurrences can be in the expression "King's-son of Ramesses," in the compound "House of Ramesses," and in the expression "God X of Ramesses." The presence of "Ramesses" in a compound indicating a place is of some importance. "The Mansion of Ramesses," has given rise in the Delta to a false back-formation through Horfehler.

Keywords: Exodus; Ramesses

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