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Goshen and Rameses are Interchangeable Names for the Nile Delta Region

The land of Goshen and the land of Rameses are apparently identical based on Bereishith - Genesis chapter 47 verses 1 and 11.

Bereishith - Genesis 47:1

Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, have come from the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.

Bereishith - Genesis 47:11

And Joseph placed his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

The phrase land of Rameses pre-dates a pharaoh of the same name by centuries. It is reasonable to conclude that Hebrew slaves were making mud bricks in the land of Rameses centuries before Pharaoh Rameses ruled Egypt.

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