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The Great Prince Of Peace
In Response To: Solomon or Amenhotep III ()

Hi Charles,

Yes, it is highly probable that Aramaic/Phoenician/Canaanite/Hebrew speakers might have used the expression "Shalomo" for Amenhotep III, the great Egyptian king, the Great Prince of Peace, who ruled Egypt and a vast Egyptian empire for almost forty years. It is probable that they did so both during his lifetime and in the centuries that followed.

His reign, like the fabled reign of King Solomon, is considered one of Egypts most prosperous and stable periods, the foundation of which had been established by his grandfather, Tuthmoses III, the "David" of ancient Egypt.

To a large extent the stories about King Solomon reflect the very essence of ancient Egyptian kingship, and especially as it was embodied in the person of the great King Amenhotep III.

Helge