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TITLE: “Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus Pharaoh”

AUTHOR: Douglas Petrovich

SELECTED QUOTE: “These answers prove not only that Amenhotep II is the only legitimate candidate for the exodus-pharaoh, but that the Biblical chronology of that era functions as a canon against which Egyptian history may be synchronized.”


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            The article presented here is an edited and expanded version of the article of the same name published in The Master’s Seminary Journal (Spring 2006). This article evaluates the candidacy of Amenhotep II (ca. 1455–1418 BC), the 18th-Dynasty pharaoh who was the son and heir of Egypt’s greatest imperialistic pharaoh, Thutmose III (ca. 1506–1452 BC), as the exodus-pharaoh by examining Amenhotep II’s biography against many of the characteristics that must be true of the exodus-pharaoh historically. The conclusion drawn is that not only does he fulfill all of these qualifications, but that he is the only pharaoh of either the 18th or 19th Dynasty of Egypt who sufficiently meets the necessary biographical requirements of the exodus-pharaoh. The examination itself is a fascinating and enlightening study into the life of one of the Bible’s most ominous and despised characters, an adventure well worth taking!

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