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April 27, 2016 11:10 am

Egyptian Archaeologist Claims Passover Story’s Pharaoh Was Not an Egyptian

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A depiction of an Egyptian Pharaoh. An archaeologist claims the pharaoh in the Jewish Exodus story was not Egyptian. Wikimedia Commons.

A depiction of an Egyptian Pharaoh. An archaeologist claims the pharaoh in the Jewish Exodus story was not Egyptian. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The ancient Pharaoh mentioned during the Passover holiday’s annual retelling of the Jewish Exodus story was not actually an Egyptian, a leading Egyptian archaeologist has claimed.

“King Pharaoh who ruled Egypt during the epoch of our prophet Moses was not one of the kings who reigned in ancient Egypt, as we tend to believe. He belonged to the Beduin Jabarin dynasty, which is called ‘Hyksos,’” Mustafa Waziri, director-general of Luxor’s Antiquities, said in an interview with Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabih.

“This foreign dynasty ruled only in a part of Egypt. One of its last kings was a dictator named Pharaoh, to whom Moses was sent by Allah to demand that he allow the sons of Israel to leave Egypt,” said Waziri.

Waziri claimed that Jews have been promoting a “false thesis” on Pharaoh to “stick false accusations on ancient Egyptians.”

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“Due to his oppressive rule, the Jews have succeeded in transforming his name to a formal title of all Egyptians kings, which enables them to damage us by saying that we have raped women and slaughtered children. However, the Pharaoh title was never used to describe Egyptians, but was always attached to boorish people,” Waziri said.

To back up his assertion, Waziri cited the fact that Islam’s Koran does not use the word “Pharaoh” to describe Egypt or Egyptians, but rather only in reference to a private individual.

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  • Tariq Ahmad

    I cannot imagine why this person from Egypt would even bring this up, what is the point. So according to this story, it were the Arabs who did this not the Egyptians

  • Paul Dawson

    Moderator doesn’t like the truth but it doesn’t change it from being truth. What a sore loser you are.

  • Paul Dawson


    Only people who don’t know the Bible think that the Pharaoh in Egypt was actually Egyptian at the time of Exodus, but here we have another discovery which is confirmation of the Bible’s absolute accuracy as a book of historical facts.

    Stephen gives us a clue when he notes that, “Another king arose who knew not Joseph.” (Acts 7:18)

    The Greek language is extremely specific. The term used was “heteros”= another of a different kind and NOT “allos”=another of the same kind.

    This Pharaoh was of a different race and dynasty. (Josephus also makes mention of this fact, who describes “the crown being come to another family.”) Antiquities ii, 9.