By Paul S. Ash
Ash re-examines the query of the connection among Egypt and Palestine throughout the time of David and Solomon. through analysing the entire to be had evidence-epigraphical assets from Egypt, archaeological information from Palestine and the pertinent biblical texts-he concludes that family members and contacts among Egypt and the peoples inhabiting historic Palestine on the time of David and Solomon have been minimum. Any reconstructions of the historical past of family members and contacts among Egypt and Palestine, together with historical Israel, needs to take this learn into consideration.
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The two benchmark lunar dates for the nineteenth dynasty and following are a lunar eclipse (mentioned in Papyrus Leiden) which occurred in the fifty-second year of the reign of Ramesses II, placing his accession in either 1304, 1290, or 1279 BCE, and one which occurred in the fifteenth year of Takelot II. 30 Others hold to it, and accordingly have concluded that Takelot II began his reign in 860 BCE. 31 In any case, astronomical observations can only give approximate, if highly valuable, dates.
68. See G. Barkay, 'The Iron Age II-III', in A. ), The Archaeology of Ancient Israel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), pp. 302-73 (335); Leclant, 'Pharaons', p. 79; Kitchen, Third Intermediate Period, pp. 280-81; idem, 'Egypt and Israel', pp. R. H. ), Egyptological Studies in Honor of Richard A. Parker (London: University Press of New England, 1986), pp. 122-35 (124-25). 1. 69 In my opinion, however, further analysis shows that Lance's criticisms were essentially correct: this relief does not depict a campaign to Philistia.
These observations indicate that this object was not an axe. As for the issue of the historicity of smiting scenes, Green's claim that the kings who commissioned smiting scenes usually did campaign is not strictly true, especially in the twenty-first dynasty. 103 Three considerations cast serious doubt on the historicity of this 'campaign'. First, Herihor almost surely never campaigned in Palestine, since his rule extended only as far north as El-Hibeh,104 c. 75 miles south of Cairo. 105 They may not have 98.
David, Solomon and Egypt: A Reassessment by Paul S. Ash