Raamses, Rameses

Raamses, Rameses (Ray-am´seez)

One of two store-cities (the other was Pithom) built by the Hebrews for Pharaoh (Exod 1:11). It was from Raamses that the Israelites departed on the exodus (Exod 12:37; Num 33:3; Num 33:5). Named after Rameses II (1279–1212 BCE), who is often considered the pharaoh of the exodus, Raamses served as the Delta residence for the succeeding kings of the nineteenth and twentieth dynasties (ca. 1212–1070 BCE). Formerly identified with Tanis (modern San el-Haga), it is now believed to have been about fifteen miles south of Tanis.

Exod 1:11

11Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh.

Exod 12:37

37The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.

Num 33:3

3They set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the passover the Israelites went out boldly in the sigh ... View more

Num 33:5

5So the Israelites set out from Rameses, and camped at Succoth.

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