The earliest reference to Israel outside the Bible is found in the Merneptah Stele, an ancient inscription in which Merneptah, an Egyptian pharaoh, describes his conquests of Canaan. Merneptah said that Israel was one of the people he conquered. Merneptah’s Stele is dated to c. 1210 B.C.
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Here is the link: The Mention of Israel in an Egyptian Monument
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Topics: Archaeology, Merneptah Stele, Conquest, Exodus
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