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Egyptian king Shishak

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[25] In the fifth years of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. [26] He carried off the treasures of the temple of Yahweh and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. 1 Kings 14:25-26

The campaign described above is the first synchronism between Biblical chronology and Egyptian or Mesopotamian chronology. According to reliefs at the Karnak Temple, Shishak conquered towns in central Israel and the Negev. Rather than seeking power, however, it was just a razzia campaign seeking booty and plunder.