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Papyrus Anastasi VI records how a group of Shosu Bedouin from Edom was given permission to pass an Egyptian stronghold and to water its flocks by the lakes of Pithom in Egypt. It dates from the fifth year of Sethos II (c. 1209 B.C.E.). Emerging Israelites may well have done the same thing.