Elijah’s father told the camel puller they left the Nile when “Thutmose was pharaoh.”
In 1883 Alfred Edersheim noted these facts about Thutmose II:
- a brief, prosperous reign as pharaoh
- a sudden collapse
- no son to succeed him
So, he nominated Thutmose II as the pharaoh of the Exodus.
Dr. Joel Klenck, president of the Paleontological Research Corporation, seems to support Edersheim’s view by pointing to archaeological evidence of a crisis during the reign of Thutmose II. See discussion of Klenck’s article here.
But other scholars suggest other pharaohs:
- Akhenaten, the heretic Pharaoh who believed in just one god?
- Four candidates: Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Hatshepsut, and Thutmose III.
- This author proposes Thutmose III.
- All about the Pharaohs in the Bible
Which pharaoh do you think it was?
Or are you like Cecil B. DeMille? Put Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner on screen and give them any titles you wish.