BAR 5:05, Sep/Oct 1979
The First Peace Treaty Between Israel and Egypt
3000 year old treaty sealed by marriage of Pharaohs daughter to King Solomon.
The recent peace treaty between Egypt and Israel may have a historical precedent from almost 3000 years ago. Then too, these two nations wisely decided that peaceful co-existence was better than military confrontation.
The peace accord in ancient times is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. The Bible was not written, however, for the purpose of recording history, but rather to record Gods relationship with a particular people. The Biblical historian is not concerned with facts in the same way as the modern historian. The Biblical writers world-view was such that he could not conceive of a Davidic-Solomonic empire in a global context. Even so, the modern historian can often reconstruct political events and the history of Biblical times from the traces and clues in the Biblical text.