First Sight: The earliest Israelites?

The earliest Israelites?

"Canaan has been plundered into every sort of woe . . . Israel is laid waste and his seed is not." In 1207 B.C., in the fifth year of his reign, the Egyptian Pharaoh Merenptah used these words to herald the victorious campaign he had waged two years earlier against Canaan, to the north of Egypt. In the process, the Pharaoh may have given the world its first recorded mention of the people of Israel. Merenptah's account of his military exploits is inscribed on a granite monolith 7 1/2 ft. high and 3 1/4 ft. wide. The stone was recovered in...

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