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Pharaoh Shishak's Invasion Of Palestine And The Exodus From Egypt

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Shishak's invasion of Palestine in the fifth year of Rehoboam, King of Judah, is recorded in 1Kgs 14:15-28, a record which, while not excluding an Egyptian interest in Palestine more generally, presents the event as an expedition against Jerusalem. Shishak's invasion of Palestine may be dated to the reign of Rehoboam, and set sometime around the middle of the second half of the 10th century BCE. The claim that the Egyptian record provides 'a striking verification' of 'the stunning historical accuracy of the biblical account' is surely an egregious example of the misuse of epigraphic materials for apologetic purposes. The invasion of Shishak and his subsequent withdrawal is, therefore, to be seen as has had the, unintended, consequence of the rise of the northern kingdom.

Keywords: biblical account; Egyptian; Jerusalem; northern kingdom; Palestine; Rehoboam; Shishak invasion



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