So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom
and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.
Moses pays a fateful visit to the city of Pithom
, affording us a closeup look at the cruel political machinery that has kept the Israelites enslaved for 400 years.
And they built for Pharaoh store-cities, Pithom and Ramses.
The other is the reference in Exodus 1:11 to impressed Israelite labor on the construction of the cities of Pithom and Ramses.
However, the large-scale building projects of these two pharaohs were mainly in Upper Egypt, and but few in the Delta/Goshen region where Pithom and PiRamses were built.
6), depicts the building of the two cities Pithom
bounded by two independently verifiable events--the start of work on two royal cities in which the Book of Exodus says Hebrew slaves were employed ("and they built Pithom
and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh ...") and the subsequent erection of a victory stele, or monument, that describes a people identified as "Israel" already existing in Canaan.
Thus, we meet with "Amurru" and with "Mulissu," allegedly because they are embedded in the formations of name (respectively, Amraphel and Adrammelech), "Atum" because it is linked to Pithom
, "Apkallu" because they remind of Nephilim, "Misharu" because of a poetic usage of Hebrew misor.