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Who Was The Exodus Pharaoh?
by Wayne Blank
Although the Exodus (see By The Book - Exodus) can be approximately dated (see the dynasty list below), there remains disagreement among Biblical historians as to not just the year, but the century when it happened - various researchers sometimes differ by as much as two hundred years. This causes uncertainty regarding the identity of the unnamed Pharaoh that opposed Moses and Aaron during The Ten Plagues and The Passover In Egypt (see also Where Did They Cross The Sea?, Is This How The Red Sea Parted? and Wilderness Journey). Amenhotep II, Merneptah, Thothmes III and Rameses II, among others, have all been suggested as possibilities.
The Egyptian civilization, one of the oldest known, developed in the Nile River region well over 5,000 years ago. The history of ancient Egypt is divided into a number of periods, kingdoms and dynasties.
Fact Finder: What relation to the Pharaoh was the woman who found the infant Moses in a basket in the river?