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Pharaoh of the Exodus

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Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

Pharaoh (FARE-oh) is a title used in many modern discussions of the ancient Egyptian rulers of all periods.[1] The title originates in the term "pr-aa" which means "great house" and describes the royal palace.

The Bible makes reference to various pharaohs (kings of Egypt). These include unnamed pharaohs during the period of the Exodus. The book of Exodus tells how the Israelites are enslaved in Egypt and eventually escape under the leadership of Moses. The biblical story does not name the Pharaoh of the Exodus, nor does it give enough information to identify the period in which the events are set, with the result that there have been many suggestions as to which of Egypt's many rulers was involved. The many attempts to identify the Pharaoh of the Exodus so far not presented convincing evidence as to his identity. Unlike the Bible, the secular ancient annals tend to treat the failure with silence, and this is the case.[2]


  1. Beck, Roger B.; Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, Dahia Ibo Shabaka, (1999). World History: Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell. ISBN 0-395-87274-X. 
  2. "The Pharaoh of the Exodus". Retrieved 03-29-2012.