Introduction to the Bible
Semitic ("Asiatic") laborers in Egypt making bricks, etc. (15th
Century BCE), doing what Bible describes Hebrews as doing when enslaved in
Egypt. The captions include the descriptions: "Captives whom his majesty
brought, for the works of the temple of Amon" and "The taskmaster, he says
to the builders: "The rod is in my hand; be not idle."
For a clearer copy see Pritchard, The Ancient Near East in
Pictures, fig. 115. Some Egyptian texts mention brick quotas and a
lack of straw, as in Exodus 5.