May 5 2003
After centuries of confusion, the real Pharaoh of the Exodus has been identified. The problem had been associating the Exodus date of 1446 BC with a Pharaoh picked from the 18th dynasty of Egypt who had ruled around that time, Thutmosis III. But Thutmosis never died in 1446, nor did his son. He ruled 475 miles south of the land of Goshen where the Israelites had been living and the Pharaoh’s capital was also near Goshen. Ted Stewart, in his recently published book, ‘Solving the Exodus Mystery’ has found that the dynastic time tables of Egypt are misplaced. The correct dynasty matching Exodus should be the 12th dynasty which in currently accepted chronology is placed almost three and a half centuries earlier. This dynasty had its capital near Goshen, and lasted over 210 years, the same time from Joseph to Exodus. Joseph was sold a slave to Egypt and then was promoted to the Vizier of the succeeding Pharaoh. A later pharaoh at the time of the birth of Moses enslaved the Israelites. The next Pharaoh threatened to kill Moses, so Moses fled to Midian. Forty years later he returned to Egypt to face the next Pharaoh, who was Amenemhet IV. He was the one who pursued the Israelites to the Red Sea and was drowned along with is chariots and horses and military men. Egypt’s military power was suddenly broken, and did not have a male heir. The 12th dynasty soon ended.