Taking them on appearance only and completely out of context, Jacobovici, appearing as his own hieroglyphic expert, interprets the hieroglyphic signs of two knives and three water lines as a reference to the parting, or “cutting,” of the sea described in Exodus. In fact, the inscription refers to the Yam Desdes, or “Lake of Two Knives,” a mythic lake with magical powers to transform the king’s Uraeus (a stylized serpent) in order to protect him, legitimize his reign and fortify him against his enemies. The inscription dates a millennium after the supposed Exodus and has nothing to do with that event.