Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

The Merneptah Stele is an important archaeological discovery because the name “Israel” appears in the Stele. This is the first time the name “Israel” appears outside the Old Testament.

The information below was taken from the article on the Merneptah Stele published in Wikipedia:

The Stele

The Merneptah Stele-also known as the Israel Stele or the Victory Stele of Merneptah-is an inscription by the ancient Egyptian king Merneptah (reign: 1213 to 1203 BC) discovered by Flinders Petrie in 1896 at Thebes, and now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The text is largely an account of Merneptah’s victory over the Libyans and their allies, but the last 3 of the 28 lines deal with a separate campaign in Canaan, then part of Egypt’s imperial possessions. The stele is sometimes referred to as the “Israel Stela” because a majority of scholars translate a set of hieroglyphs in line 27…

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