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Pharaohs Throughout the Bible


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As I have read through the books of 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles I have come across more references to Egypt. I'm not sure if these have been brought up before on these forums. This part of the Bible is less filled with miracles, and has more to do with the mundane recording of the kings of Israel.

These 2 examples:

King Shishak is mentioned in 1 Kings 14. Apparently this is the same as Sheshonk I

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sheshonk-I

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According to the Bible, “Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem” (1 Kings 14:25–26) about 930 BCE in support of Jeroboam, the pretender who challenged the right of Solomon’s son Rehoboam to succeed to the Israelite throne. Sheshonk’s victories in Palestine were celebrated by reliefs and inscriptions at Karnak. Although the biblical account reported the looting of the palace and temple, the name Jerusalem did not survive in the Egyptian record. A fragment bearing Sheshonk’s name was found at Megiddo.

Also in 2 Kings 23 Pharaohneco is mentioned.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Necho-II

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According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Necho began the construction of a canal from the Nile River to the Red Sea, probably in response to the growth of trade in the Egyptian delta, but an oracle persuaded him to discontinue the project. A threat developed in Mesopotamia, where the Assyrian empire was falling to the Babylonians. Necho ordered fleets to be built on the Mediterranean and Red seas, and with them he undertook a Syrian campaign in 608 BCE to assist the battered Assyrian armies. When Josiah, king of Judah and an ally of the Neo-Babylonians, was slain in battle at Megiddo, Necho replaced Josiah’s chosen successor with his own nominee and imposed tribute on Judah. In 606 the Egyptians routed the Neo-Babylonians, but at the great Battle of Carchemish (a Syrian city on the middle Euphrates River) in 605 the Neo-Babylonian crown prince, Nebuchadrezzar, soundly defeated Necho’s troops and forced their withdrawal from Syria and Palestine. Egypt itself was threatened in 601, but Necho repelled the enemy and continued to promote anti-Babylonian coalitions in Syria and Palestine.

 

How does this effect the claims that the Bible is not historic? Any insight?

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The thing is, people who like to use the fact there is some history in the Bible (Babylon was a real place, the Diaspora happened, Rome was real, Pilate was real etc) actively and wilfully miss the point of the Bible. The Bible is a collection of poems, myths, legends, fables, songs, letters and philosophical musings all curated together in order to create and reinforce an individuals relationship with God. Calling it a history because there are historical bits in it is firstly, like calling me a fruit salad because there’s passion fruit and banana in me, and secondly missing the point of the Bible. It doesn’t matter if it really happened or not, what matters is what the reader interprets from it about man’s relationship with God and the world around him. 
 

Furthermore, you cannot say the Bible is history, when there is stuff in there that is categorically not historical in anyway shape or form (The Garden, the Flood as final part of 40* destructions of man and the world, the parting of the Red/Reed Sea, the Plagues, the Crucifxion…). The Bible contains some history. 

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