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April 19, 2016 2:55 pm

Ancient Egyptian Amulet Discovered by 12-Year-Old Girl in Jerusalem

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A statue of Thutmose III of Egypt's 18th Dynasty. The discovered amulet displays the name of the Egyptian pharaoh. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A statue of Thutmose III of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. The discovered amulet displays the name of the Egyptian pharaoh. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A 3,200 year-old Egyptian amulet was recently discovered by a 12-year-old Jewish girl who was volunteering at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem.

“While I was sifting, I came across a piece of pottery that was different from others I had seen, and I immediately thought that maybe I had found something special,” said Neshama Spielman.

“It’s amazing to find something thousands of years old from ancient Egypt all the way here in Jerusalem! Celebrating Passover this year is going to be extra meaningful to me.”

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The amulet displays the name of Thutmose III, the pharaoh of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, who reigned from 1479-1425 BCE, according to the Ir David Foundation. The foundation co-sponsors the Temple Mount Sifting Project, in which volunteers sift through debris removed from the holy site and to try to retrieve as many artifacts as possible.

Prof. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira co-founded the sifting project in 2004 to identify and document the debris that was discarded by the Islamic Waqf, a religious trust that manages and controls access to the Temple Mount.

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  • According to the revision of history made by the late Dr. I. Velikovsky (Ages in Chaos, 1953, chapter Four) pharaoh Thutmose III of the 18th dynasty is to be identified with the Biblical pharaoh Shishak, the pharaoh who sacked the Temple of Solomon in the fifth year of reign of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. It is a pity that archeologists still use the orthodox Egyptology dating-method. The finding of an amulet that belonged to Thutmose III in Temple Mount debris makes only sense in the revision of ancient history made by Velikovsky and other revisionists of ancient history.

  • Yaakov

    An interesting reminder of the extent of Thutmose III’s empire, which extended into Canaan and beyond.

    The Torah indicates that the summit of Mount Moriah was the threshing floor of Araunah/Ornan the Jebusite and was purchased by King David to serve as the site of the future Temple. One wonders what the site was being used for prior to that.

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