Recently discovered Wall paintings in Egyptian temple holds ancient secrets for Israel

Recently discovered Wall paintings in Egyptian temple holds ancient secrets for Israel
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Paintings on the walls also called murals or frescos are from the late bronze age depicting various aspects of the lives of the people who lived at that time and their Pharaoh.

Paintings on the walls of ancient temple Medinet habu which was constructed honoring the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III. He was considered one of the greatest monarch in the kingdom’s history who ruled about 3,200 years ago.

Ramses III who ruled in the first half of 1200BC fought with sea peoples during the eighth year of his reign.

The Medinet Habu which is a mortuary temple which means it was built near a royal tomb to memorialize a Pharaoh’s life. The temple itself was excavated between 1859 and 1899, the wall painting in question has been recently discovered.

According to Professor Tom Meyers, who teaches at the Shasta Bible College and Graduate School located in California commented that the paintings are very important in understanding the history of the kingdom as well as the Philistines, who are considered as the ‘one of Israel’s greatest enemies.’ It also gives some comprehensive understanding regarding lifestyle, use of weapon, transportation and livestock of Philistines.

Earlier it was believed that Philistines were the war ravaging sea peoples who fought with Israelis over territorial issues. But now Professor Meyer is contradicting the claim and is trying to establish that it may not have been true. Maybe Philistines were just seeking sanctuary in Egypt and not trying to start wars.

According to him:

“The other side of the story might be that the Sea Peoples were not trying to militarily invade Egypt but were forced to migrate from their islands because of a natural catastrophe and were only looking for a place to settle with their families on the Eastern Mediterranean Seaboard. Either way, the 3,200-year-old mural located on the northern outside wall of the temple was originally intended for propaganda and political purposes; it demonstrated the Pharaoh’s strength in defending the borders and thus preserving the traditional way of life in Egypt, conquering those who would illegally enter his country and sending them off to captivity.”