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The Taking of Joppa is an old Egyptian story depicting the triumph over the Canaanite town of Yapu (Joppa) by Thutmose III’s general Djehuty. The surviving duplicate of the content is on the verso of Papyrus Harris 500.
This story is traditionally viewed as a purely artistic record of the victory set in the wake of Thutmose III’s battling in Syria. There was, in any case, a troop commander named Djehuty who served under Thutmose III.
Despite the abstract convention and the character of its telling, the excavators of Jaffa have as of late contended that a Late Bronze Age collapse of the Egyptian army, dated to somewhere in the range of 1456 and 1400 BC, may have formed the authentic premise of this story. This proposal is bolstered by the publication of a broad site-wide annihilation level containing Egyptian vessels dated to the mid-eighteenth Dynasty, remembering vessels of types bore witness to in the rule of Amenhotep II. Together these and Cypriot ceramics suggest a date in the late 15th century BC, associated maybe with the uprising at Aphek subdued in the seventh year of Amenhotep II, 1418 BC. The excavators would ascribe the destruction to the Canaanite uprising during which the Egyptians lost their stronghold shortly after Thutmose III set up the army. The story in this manner relates the occasions of the retaking of Jaffa presumably quickly going before the battle against Aphek and not Thutmose III’s victory or taking of the territory as some have contended.
However, the tale of The Taking of Joppa, according to the translated version of the Papyrus Harris 500 goes thus:
There was once in the reign of King Men-kheper-ra a revolt of the hirelings of his majesty who were in Joppa; and his loftiness proclaimed, “Let Tahutia go with his footmen and destroy this wicked Foe in Joppa.” What’s more, he called one of his devotees, and continued, saying, “Hide thou my great cane, which works wonders, in the baggage of Tahutia that my power may go with him.”
Now when Tahutia drew close to Joppa, with all the footmen of Pharaoh, he sent unto the Foe in Joppa, and said, “Behold now his majesty, King Men-kheper-ra, has sent all this great army against thee; but what is that if my heart is as thy heart? Do thou come, and let us talk in the field, and see each other face to face.”
So Tahutia accompanied several of his men, and the Foe in Joppa came similarly, yet the charioteer that was with him was true of heart unto the king of Kemet. What’s more, they talked with each other in his incredible tent, which Tahutia had set far away from the soldiers. Be that as it may, Tahutia had prepared 200 sacks, with cords and fetters, and had made an extraordinary sack of skins with bronze shackles, and numerous baskets: and they were in his tent, the sacks and the baskets, and he had set them as the forage for the horses is placed in baskets.
For while the Foe in Joppa drank with Tahutia, the people who were with him drank with the footmen of Pharaoh and made merry with them. What’s more, when their episode of drinking was past, Tahutia said to the Foe in Joppa, “If it please thee, while I remain with the women and children of thy city, let one bring of my people with their horses, that they may give them provender, or let one of the Apuro run to fetch them.”
So they came, and hobbled their horses, and gave them provender, and one found the great cane of Men-kheper-ra (Tahutmes III.), and came to report it to Tahutia. And thereupon the Foe in Joppa said to Tahutia, “My heart is set on examining the great cane of Men-kheper-ra, which is named ‘. . . tautnefer.’ By the ka of the King Men-kheper-ra it will be in thy hands to-day; now do thou well and bring thou it to me.”
And Tahutia did thus, and he brought the great cane of King Men-kheper-ra. Also, he hung on to the Foe in Joppa by his clothing, and he arose and stood up, and said: “Look on me, O Foe in Joppa; here is the great cane of King Men-kheper-ra, the terrible lion, the son of Sekhet, to whom Amen his father gives power and strength.” What’s more, he lifted his hand and struck the temple of the Foe in Joppa, and he fell powerless before him.
He put him in the sack of skins and he bound with gyves the hands of the Foe in Joppa, and put on his feet the shackles with four rings. Furthermore, he caused them to bring the two hundred sacks which he had cleaned, and made to go into them, two hundred officers, and filled the hollows with ropes and chains of wood, he fixed them with a seal and added to them their rope-nets and the poles to bear them.
Furthermore, he put each strong footman to bear them, in every one of the six hundred men, and said to them, “When you come into the town you shall open your burdens, you shall seize on all the inhabitants of the town, and you shall quickly put fetters upon them,”
At that point one went out and said unto the charioteer of the Foe in Joppa, “Thy master is fallen; go, say to thy mistress, ‘A pleasant message! For Sutekh has given Tahutia to us, with his wife and his children; behold the beginning of their tribute,’ that she may comprehend the two hundred sacks, which are full of men and cords and fetters.”
So he went before them to satisfy the heart of mistress, declaring, “We have laid hands on Tahutia.” At that point the entryways of the city were opened before the footmen: they entered the city, they opened their burdens, they laid hands on them of the city, both little and mighty, they put on them the strings and shackles rapidly; the magnificent power of Pharaoh consumed that city.
After he had rested Tahutia conveyed a message to Kemet to the King Men-kheper-ra his ruler, saying, “Be pleased, for Amen thy good father has given to thee the Foe in Joppa, together with all his people, likewise also his city. Send, therefore, people to take them as captives that thou mayest fill the house of thy father Amen Ra, king of the gods, with men-servants and maid-servants, and that they may be overthrown beneath thy feet for ever and ever.”
Furthermore, The Taking of Joppa wasn’t accomplished by military might in combat, or even in an attack, yet by an unscrupulous stratagem designed by the commander of the Egyptian force, Djehuty. And just like the tale of The Trojan Horse, it comprises a deceitful “white flag” by the Egyptians and the camouflage of soldiers in baskets among what are supposedly the spoils of war. After the baskets are moved inside the town, the Egyptian soldiers move out from the booty and capture the inhabitants. Other than The Trojan Horse(1184 BC), The Taking of Joppa has similar stories like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights cycle (Dawood,1977, 15ff.).