Israel in the Merneptah Stela

@article{Hasel1994IsraelIT,
  title={Israel in the Merneptah Stela},
  author={Michael Gerald Hasel},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research},
  year={1994},
  volume={296},
  pages={45 - 61}
}
  • M. G. Hasel
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
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