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Ancient sphinx statue discovered in Israel

Posted on Wednesday, 10 July, 2013 | Comment icon 36 comments | News tip by: docyabut2

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The remains of an ancient Egyptian King's unique sphinx statue has been unearthed in northern Israel.

The statue dates back to 2,500BC and is dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus who built one of the three pyramids at Giza. The discovery of it in Israel has puzzled archaeologists because not only is it a long way from Egypt but it is also the only known statue dedicated to Mycerinus ever found. The statue was unlikely to have been brought to Israel during the king's reign but how it got there remains a mystery.

"This is the only monumental Egyptian statue ever found in the Levant - today's Israel, Lebanon, Syria," said Professor Amnon Ben-Tor, who believes that the statue may have found its way to Israel as part of a gift from a later Egyptian king. "It's possible the statue was sent by the Egyptian ruler to king of Hazor, the most important ruler in this region."

"AFP reports a statue dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus, who ruled circa 2,500 BC and was builder of one of the three Giza pyramids, was uncovered at an archeological dig in Northern Israel Tuesday."

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Comment icon #27 Posted by questionmark on 11 July, 2013, 13:36
Quite so, the question in debate is:When was Israel founded? And the answer is: much later than most think.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Timmeh on 11 July, 2013, 14:03
One of the Amarna letters written to the Pharaoh by Abdi-Heba of Jerusalem refers to the 'Hapiru' which could be stretched to Hebrew.
Comment icon #29 Posted by questionmark on 11 July, 2013, 14:25
Well, then it looks like the first Hebrews would be chicken thiefs, not goat herders, would it not? The Hapiru were nomadic robbers, most probably outcasts from civilization.
Comment icon #30 Posted by kmt_sesh on 12 July, 2013, 2:28
I'm not sure what the above religious soliloquies are about, but how about we stay on topic? The fragment of the sphinx is indeed an exciting find, but I fear the article overplays its importance (if just a bit). While fragments of royal Egyptian statues are not common in the Levant, all sorts of other Egyptian artifacts have been found there through the decades. Many of these artifacts bear the names of many different Egyptian kings. However, I do agree with the article that the sphinx ended up in the Levant a lot later on. The premise of Hyksos raiders bringing it back to Canaan is very... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Harte on 12 July, 2013, 19:41
More about the new sphinx. I guess they found more. There's a new artist's rendering of what this sphinx may have looked like: Harte
Comment icon #32 Posted by hammerclaw on 14 July, 2013, 2:59
Considering that forging ancient artifacts was and still is a thriving business in the Levant, for several hundred years, I certainly hope this disjunct specimen is examined, thoroughly.
Comment icon #33 Posted by docyabut2 on 14 July, 2013, 11:38
I would go by when the city of Hazor was destroyed ,apparently there was more to that Sphinx of Menkaure that was busted up, that was found in the front of the city.
Comment icon #34 Posted by kmt_sesh on 16 July, 2013, 2:25
Hazor was one of the largest cities of ancient Canaan (and then Israel), and has undergone excavations for many years. Consequently, it's well understood that the city was destroyed by the Assyrians around 732 BCE. I'm working from memory so I might be off by a couple of years. I do not believe Hazor was resettled after the Assyrian conquest, in the same manner as numerous other ancient Hebrew settlements. Those Assyrians were rather thorough. In another matter, I was reading EEF posts and one of the writers brought up a good point that I had missed. These articles should stress th... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by questionmark on 16 July, 2013, 8:13
The main difference between Hazor and (just as an example) J'lem is that there are very few vestiges of the Assyrian cults in Hazor prior to the Assyrian invasion. Those places where the Assyrian cults played a major role were not as thoroughly devastated.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Dr. Zodiac on 19 July, 2013, 1:36
The funny thing. Yes Israel was founded much later, but Palestine has never been observed as a nation.

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