NELC 150

Introduction to the Bible

Slide 2

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.