Photo Credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Gold scarab with symbol of Pharaoh Seti I set in a ring found in a 3,300 year old coffin in the Jezreel Valley

“An ordinary person could not afford the purchase of such a coffin,” they added. “It is obvious the deceased was a member of the local elite.”

The graves of two men and two women who may have been family members were located nearby, researchers said, noting the find is evidence of Egyptian control of the Jezreel Valley in the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age).

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The IAA has said it may try to sample the DNA of the skeleton in the coffin to determine whether the deceased was of Canaanite or Egyptian ancestry.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. According to one chronology, Seti I would have reigned approx. between the Shoftim Ehud and Devora, when Yavin ruled Kena’an from Hatsor, and dominated the Yisre’elites. Perhaps the Egyptians were instrumental in helping the Kena’anite cities that were able to avoid conquest (i.e. parts of Yerushalayim, Megiddo, Gezer, etc), and perhaps can help explain how they were able to come back into control of a place like Hatsor?

  2. נתניאל פיינגולד From TOI

    During the first year of his reign, Seti — also known by his throne name Menmaatre, “Eternal is the justice of Re” — launched a campaign to reconquer Egypt’s territories in Canaan, and marched his armies as far north as Beit She’an, south of the Sea of Galilee. Egypt then instated Canaanite vassals to rule the territory on the pharaoh’s behalf and levied indemnities to finance his vast construction projects.

    Read more: Egyptian coffin, gold seal with king’s name found in Israel | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/egyptian-coffin-gold-seal-with-pharaohs-name-found-in-israel/#ixzz2yPuor85j
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  3. Yehoshua 17
    11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, even the three regions.
    12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites were resolved to dwell in that land.

  4. According to one chronology, Set I would have reigned approx. between the Shoftim Ehud and Devora, when Yavin ruled Kena'an from Hatsor. Perhaps the Egyptians were instrumental in helping the Kena'anite cities that were able to avoid conquest (i.e. parts of Yerushalayim, Megiddo, Gezer, etc).

  5. Yehoshua 17
    11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, even the three regions.
    12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites were resolved to dwell in that land.

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