Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | July 6, 2013

Random Art Blogging, Egyptian Edition

Karnak Tempel 19

Relief of Pharaoh Shishak (Shoshenq) and his campaign list, on the southern exterior walls of the Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt. Around Shishak are listed cities that his armies conquered or looted, mostly in Palestine, Syria, and the Trans-Jordan area of the Middle East. In his left hand, he is holding ropes to lead the bound and enslaved prisoners lined up behind him.

For a description of Shishak’s capture of Jerusalem, which included looting the Temple of Solomon (during the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, around 926 BC), see
1 Kings 14:25-26. Shishak is also mentioned by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, about 17 minutes into the movie.

Photo by Olaf Tausch, April 2009, and used under a CC BY 3.0 license. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


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