The religious and aesthetic preoccupations of King Amenhotep IV-Akhenaten, after his removal to the city of Akhetaten, encouraged many of the states beyond the northern frontiers, which were subject to Egyptian suzerainty, to rebel. The process of the disintegration of Egyptian authority was rapid and a number of Egypt's client rulers found themselves in a parlous situation. Some remained loyal, however, amongst whom was Abdi Kheba, the King of Jerusalem, who appealed to the Egyptian king for a modest contingent of troops, fifty men, to help him hold the land. Akhenaten ignored his pleas, as it appears he ignored the others which were directed to him.
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