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Thutmose III

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Thutmose III smiting Canaanite enemies on the seventh pylon at Karnak describing the Battle of Megiddo
Tuthmosis III basalt statue in Luxor Museum. His name on his belt in his cartouche is Men-kheper-Re; the 'Permanence-Transformation-(of)-Ra, and could be similar to: Steadfastly-[Becomeing-like]-Ra. In reality his name is: Mn-khepr-Re(a), assuming that is the only order of the pronunciation, or reading. (With Ra, first, his name could be: "Ra's Permanent Manifestation(transformation)". (And Note: Tuthmosis III became a local world power because of his foreign campaigns.-Called the Napoleon of Egypt.)

Thutmose III was the sixth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. He was co-regent with his step mother Hatshepsut (considered the 5th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty) for the first 22 years of his reign. He was the son of Thutmose II, the 4th pharaoh of the New Kingdom. Thutmose III was not old enough to rule when Thutmose II died and so Hatshepsut, his principal wife (queen), had a co-regency with Thutmose III which lasted until her death.

Thutmose III is considered to be one of the Greatest Pharaohs of Egypt expanding the the Egyptian Empire further than any other Pharaoh. He conducted 17 campaigns, conquering as far north as Niya in Syria and as far south as the 4th cataract of the Nile in Nubia.

Thutmose III attacked Caanan in his 23rd year (The Seige of Megiddo) shortly after Hatshepsut's death. He plundered Jerusalem in the 5th year of King Rehoboam and took many of the treasures in Solomon's temple back to Egypt. Thutmose III was the Pharaoh named Shishak recorded in the Bible. The seige of Megiddo lasted 7-8 months, after which Thutmose III gained control of Northern Caanan. Thutmose III recorded his victories at Karnak.

The Syrian princes were obliged to pay tribute and their sons were taken as hostages to Egypt.

His mummy was discovered in the Deir el-Bahri cache above the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut. The mummies of Ahmose I, Amenhotep I, Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Rameses I, Seti I, Rameses II, Rameses IX were also found in the cache as well as some mummies of the 21st dynasty.

Thutmose III ruled for a period of 54 years, the first 22 years being co-regent with Hatshepsut (the queen of Sheeba who visited Solomon). The revised dates of his reign: 950BC to 896BC approximately.

His first born son Amenemhat predeceased Thutmose III.

He had a 2 year co-regency with his son Amenhotep II at the end of his reign. Amenhotep II (the 7th pharaoh of the 18th dynasty) was the son of a minor wife also called Hatshepsut.

Thutmose III was buried in the valley of the Kings when he died.

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Biblical Account

Shishak first appears in the Biblical narrative as a patron of Jeroboam, one of Solomon's sons who fled from the presence of his father:

"Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. But Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon." - 1_Kings 11:40

His second appearance would be in a raid against King Rehoboam of the Southern Kingdom of Judah:

"In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, because they had been unfaithful to the LORD, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen. And the people were without number who came with him from Egypt—Libyans, Sukkiim, and Ethiopians. And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem. Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, "Thus says the LORD, 'You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.'" Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, "The LORD is righteous." When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: "They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless, they shall be servants to him, that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries. So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s house. He took away everything. He also took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made." - 2_Chronicles 12:2-9


'Modern' Chronology (Ashton & Down 2006) [18]

Date Egypt Contemporary in Israel
2080BC Menes (First Dynasty) Abraham
1900BC Djoser (Third Dynasty) + Imhotep Joseph **
1531BC Amenemhet III (6th Pharaoh 12th Dynasty) Moses
1445BC Neferhotep I (13th Dynasty) The Exodus (Moses)
1405 -1021BC Hyksos (15th & 16th Dynasty) Joshua to Saul
1018BC Amenhotep I & Thutmosis I (18th Dynasty) King David
950BC Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty) [Queen of Sheba] Solomon
929BC Thutmose III (18th Dynasty) Jereboam

** Based on a 430yr long Sojourn of Israel in Egypt (Exodus 12:40)


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