Now that we’ve found hard evidence for the arrival of the Israelites in Egypt and their rise to power,
The evidence brought up by Jacobovici so far:
1) One single artefact from Ahmose I’s reign, the Tempest Stele, mentions a storm and flood, and the Bible mentions a storm and flood. The storm and flood happen in different ways in each text, though, and the texts are totally different in all other ways. So it must be the same story.
2) The Tempest Stele refers to multiple gods and a specific Egyptian god, while the Israelites in the Bible worshiped a single god. Therefore, the god that had long been Ahmose’s patron god must have later been a different god that he didn’t know about and that was worshiped by the Israelites.
3) The names of pharaoh Ahmose and of Moses don’t have much in common, phonetically, so Ahmose might have been named after Moses.
4) The story of Egyptian Ahmose I of Thebes fighting a war against the ruling Hyksos and driving them out of Egypt is not much like the story of a bunch of Israelite slaves fleeing from their Egyptian oppressors, so it must be the same story.
5) A professor who says that the Hyksos were not the Israelites and that the Hyksos Expulsion was not the Exodus says that the Exodus happened at least 55 years after the Hyksos Expulsion, therefore the Hyksos must have been the Israelites and the Hyksos Expulsion must have been the Exodus and they must both have happened at a time when the Hyksos Expulsion couldn’t have happened at when the professor says the Exodus didn’t happen.
6) A tomb that isn’t from the time Jacobovici says it is from has pictures of events that are not of what Jacobovici says they are that don’t mention a specific word that Jacobovici has mistranslated, which means that the tomb doesn’t match the events at the start of a time period of a duration which Jacobovici has miscalculated.
7) Royal seals with the name of a Hyksos king have been found in Avaris, just as they have been found all over north-east Africa. Since part of the name on the seals is a name that is incredibly common all over the Middle East during that time period, it must be the seal of somebody who wasn’t a king and whose name is not actually on the seal but who was related to a guy whose name is similar but not quite the same as the name that is on the seal.
Hard evidence? Also, let’s consider that Jacobovici considers the Hyksos and the Biblical Israelites to be the same people, even though it is absolutely known that the Hyksos were a people who took over Egypt and oppressed the Egyptians while the Bible states that the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians.
we went searching for archaeological proof of their downfall and the slavery that led to the Exodus. In search of the evidence, we had to travel to a place called Serabit el-Khadem, 400 kilometers south of the Nile delta into the Sinai Desert.
Serabit el-Khadem is a mountain near the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, about halfway down the Gulf of Suez. Back well before the time period we are dealing with here the place was a major mining center for the Egyptians. They mined copper and turquoise, and often used Asiatic prisoners of war as slave labour. They also built a rather massive temple to the Egyptian goddess Hathor on the site.
For thousands of years, Egyptians mined turquoise in this area. Often they used slave labour. The ancient turquoise mines are off the beaten tourist track. The only ones who know their way in this area are the Bedouins who still live at the foot of the mines. We got here, paid our respects to the local sheik, and recruited one of his sons to show us the way.
We learned of this place from old papers published in obscure journals.
Here he’s trying to make it sound as though the area is largely unknown and forgotten, and that nobody has bothered to publish anything about it for a long long time and that what was published is ignored. This simply isn’t true, though. For one thing, while it isn’t a major tourist site it is still a popular ones; the Bedouins there are actually subsidized by the government to act as tour-guides.
And you don’t need to look in