'Mortuary temple' of Merenptah, 'Israel stela'
The so-called 'Israel stela' is a monument listing victories of king Merenptah. The inscription is engraved on the back of a stela ofAmenhotep III. The stela is of special interest because it mentions for the first and only time the word 'Israel' in Egyptian hieroglyphic sources:
'the people of Israel is laid waste, their crops are not'
(click here to see the inscription; the word 'people of Israel' or 'Israelites' is marked red)
Spiegelberg, in Petrie 1897: 26-28 (translation of the text)
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