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The stamp of very old antiquity has long been put upon the time of Pharaoh Menkheperre and his equals. Represented in their short kilt, bare upper body, wearing the crown of Egypt, these kings seemed to appear out of the vast desert dust bowls accompanied with similarly lightly clad men of war attacking and capturing like a ghastly horde from nowhere. Having come back from these raids at some point the stone masons and artists would get to work and carve these crowded scenes on scant spaces on the walls of temples and buildings. Gazing nonchalantly out into the world these kings with hardly a frown nor a smile nevertheless were bad news for those captured in their war efforts. The overwhelming `power of the man made gods of Egypt had to be exemplified toward their now helpless victims. Leaving behind widows and orphans such cycles of human tragedies repeated themselves over and over again under the blue sky above and in the silence of the desert sands. Sometimes people hate their enemies more than they love their children whom they send to die – a sad paradox in human existence. But as far as chronological aspects are concerned, such kilted armies attacking and avenging, fit just as well in later as they were projected into earlier centuries. The desert cold at night and heat in the day were in effect for all those eons of time. How many adventures of capture and escape must have been played out in all these scenes past and present, little acts of heroic victories and defeat. But we shall examine their records and read their words to find out what moved them and what they thought. Little parts of words and phrases are often the only pieces we find to put together a puzzle worthy to be re-analyzed again and again.
Tying together two biblical and Egyptian records – In the Bible we read that Rehoboam paid tribute to pharaoh Shishak as a result of his conquest of Judah. [2.Chronicles 12:8 implied]. About 200 years later Hoshea of Israel also paid tribute to Pharaoh So of Egypt. Correspondingly there are two records in Egypt in complete agreement with these two transactions. However, applying conventional chronology which makes Pharaoh Shoshenk Shishak*, has no counterpart to the records of Thumoses III receiving tribute and no counterpart for Israel having paid tribute to Pharaoh So.
* The same is true for any other chronology which does not put Thutmose into the time of Rehoboam, King of Judah.
A Comparison of Independent Hebrew Sources with Egyptian Records
in the Revised Context Showing Complete Agreement.
Here We Have A Powerful Witness to Synchronized Ancient History!
Tribute paid in the days of Rehoboam to Thutmose III/Shishak:
“Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know the difference between serving me, or serving other kings and countries.” [2.Chronicles 12:8; paraphrased; the intent is for Israel to find out the cost of serving another king.] Tribute received by Thutmose III from the land of Israel (Retenu/Erez Israel/Our land of Israel as the Jews thought of it):