Pharoah Shishak’s Invasion in Archeology


Outer photo by the UCLA Digital Karnak project, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5).

Post 15 – As recorded in 2 Chronicles chapter 12 (and 1 Kings 14:25), early in the reign of King Rehoboam, the newly separate Kingdom of Judah is invaded by Shishak of Egypt. Is there any evidence for this in the archeological record? On the wall of the temple of Amon-Ra in Karnak Egypt, there is a memorial to an ancient military campaign. It lists a series of cities in both Judah and Israel that were conquered by the Pharoah “Shoshenq”. This Pharoah is recognized by most historians as the Biblical Shishak. Unfortunately, the Judah portion of the wall is mostly unreadable due to the ravages of time and none of the surviving word groups specifically say Jerusalem (though they may have at one time). However, one of the world’s leading Egyptologists translates one word group as “Highlands of David”. If correct, this may well refer to the City of David, Jerusalem. It would also be the earliest reference to David outside the Bible (occurring only 50 years after David’s death). One of the word groups specifies that the city of Megiddo was conquered. At the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem there is a fragment (Inset) of a victory monument dedicated to Shoshenq and discovered by archeologists in Megiddo. This confirms the accuracy of the Shishak list in Karnak. There can be no doubt of the accuracy of the Bible account! #weeklybiblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarcheology #biblereadingarchaeology

One thought on “Pharoah Shishak’s Invasion in Archeology

  1. Here’s an idea… What about a “site map” at the bottom of the page with every passing listed, so we could easily go to a page we read before…?

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