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Israel in EgyptThe Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition$
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James K. Hoffmeier

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130881.001.0001

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The Eastern Frontier Canal: Implications for the Exodus from Egypt

The Eastern Frontier Canal: Implications for the Exodus from Egypt

(p.164) 7 The Eastern Frontier Canal: Implications for the Exodus from Egypt
Israel in Egypt

James K. Hoffmeier

Oxford University Press

In the early 1970s, a team of scientists of the Geological Survey of Israel, while working in the Sinai Peninsula during Israel's occupation of the territory east of the Suez Canal, discovered the remains of what they believed was a canal that ran along Egypt's border with the Sinai. Aerial photography and on-site study led to this identification by the leaders of the team, Amihai Sneh and Tuvia Weissbrod. The close relationship between the Fortress of Tjaru and the canal supports the hypothesis that the canal had a defensive purpose as an extensive moat. If indeed a canal existed along Egypt's border with Sinai during the New Kingdom, and the evidence does support this view, it seems logical to conclude that it would have been an impediment to the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt. A number of intriguing questions remain to be answered about the Eastern Frontier Canal.

Keywords:   Geological Survey, Sinai Peninsula, Suez Canal, canal, Amihai Sneh, Tuvia Weissbrod, Israelites, Exodus, Egypt, Eastern Frontier Canal

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