Originally posted by WHOS READY
I don't think this has been posted, so here we go.
I wasn't going to bother at first, but then I thought the age of it was quite significant.
An underground city thats almost/could be 3,600 years old.. Mmmm.
Just thought i'd put it out there and see what response it brings??
The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus suggested in his work Contra Apion that the Hyksos were, in fact, the ancient Hebrews.
Here is the reference...
"Under a king of ours named Timaus (Tutimaeus) God became angry with us, I know not how, and there came, after a surprising manner, men of obscure
birth from the east, and had the temerity to invade our country, and easily conquered it by force, as we did not do battle against them. After they
had subdued our rulers, they burnt down our cities, and destroyed the temples of the gods, and treated the inhabitants most cruelly; killing some and
enslaving their wives and their children.
Then they made one of their own king. His name was Salatis ; he lived at Memphis, and both the upper and lower regions had to pay tribute to him.
He installed garrisons in places that were the most suited for them. His main aim was to make the eastern parts safe, expecting the Assyrians, at the
height of their power, to covet his kingdom, and invade it. In the Saite Nome there was a city very proper for this purpose, by the Bubastic arm of
the Nile. With regard to a certain theological notion it was called Avaris. He rebuilt and strengthened this city by surrounding it with walls. and by
stationing a large garrison of two hundred and forty thousand armed men there. Salitis came there in the summer, to gather corn in order to pay his
soldiers, and to exercise his men, and thus to terrify foreigners.
After a reign of thirteen years, he was followed by one whose name was Beon , who ruled for for forty-four years. After him reigned Apachnas 
for thirty-six years and seven months. After him Apophis  was king for sixty-one years, followed by Janins for fifty years and one month. After all
these Assis reigned during forty-nine years and two months. These six were their first kings. They all along waged war against the Egyptians, and
wanted to destroy them to the very roots.
"These people, whom we have called kings before, and shepherds too, and their descendants," as he  says, "held Egypt for five hundred and eleven
years. Then," he says, "the kings of Thebes and the other parts of Egypt rose against the shepherds, and a long and terrible war was fought between
them." He says further, "By a king, named Alisphragmuthosis , the shepherds were subdued, and were driven out of the most parts of Egypt and shut
up in a place named Avaris, measuring ten thousand acres." Manetho says, "The shepherds had built a wall surrounding this city, which was large and
strong, in order to keep all their possessions and plunder in a place of strength.
Tethmosis , son of Alisphragmuthosis, attempted to take the city by force and by siege with four hundred and eighty thousand men surrounding it.
But he despaired of taking the place by siege, and concluded a treaty with them, that they should leave Egypt, and go, without any harm coming to
them, wherever they wished. After the conclusion of the treaty they left with their families and chattels, not fewer than two hundred and forty
thousand people, and crossed the desert into Syria. Fearing the Assyrians, who dominated over Asia at that time, they built a city in the country
which we now call Judea. It was large enough to contain this great number of men and was called Jerusalem."
Flavius Josephus: from his book "Against (Contra) Apion" Book 1, section 73
[edit on 26/6/10 by troubleshooter]