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Biblical Archaeology Review 48:2, Summer 2022

Pharaoh’s Fury: Merneptah’s Destruction of Gezer

By Steven OrtizSamuel Wolff

The Canaanite city of Gezer was brutally destroyed at the very end of the Late Bronze Age. Explore the vivid archaeological evidence for the city’s destruction and discover why the devastation might be attributed to Pharaoh Merneptah, who infamously claimed to have conquered not only Gezer but also a people known as “Israel” in the late 13th century B.C.E.

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