"This is the story of certain of the days that I, the scribe Ana, son of Meri, lived through, here upon this earth . . ." "I tell of Merapi -- who was named Moon of Israel! -- and of her people, the Hebrews, who dwelt for long in Egypt and departed thence -- having paid us back in loss and shame for all the good and ill we gave them." "And now I -- the King's Companion, the great scribe, the beloved of the Pharaohs who have lived beneath the sun with me -- tell of the war between the gods of Egypt and the god of Israel . . . I write of these matters now when I am very old in the reign of Rameses, before death takes me . . ."