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Historical Pharoah of the Exodus

Question: Who was the historical Pharoah at the time of the Exodus? Was it possibly Tutankhamen?

Answer: There are 2 schools of though regarding the Egyptian Pharaoh at the time. Some, based on the reference to the cities of Pithom and Ramses, assume that the Pharaoh was Raamses II (1279-1213 BCE). Others, based on Kings I 6:1, where it says that the Jewish people left Egypt 480 years before the building of the first Temple (961 BCE), date the Exodus earlier, at 1441 BCE, which coincides with the reign of Amenhotap II. I haven’t heard any theories about Tutankhamen being the Pharaoh of record.

Rabbi Yehoshua Lewis

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