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A footnote in this edition of the Midrash Vayosha refers to "Pharaoh's assignment to rule Nineveh for 500 years". I'm aware of midrashim around Pharaoh being the King of Nineveh. But where does this 500 years business come from? Any sources? Thanks!

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    It seems like you are surprised that it's a long time, but How else could he have been alive for the Exodus and when Jonah came? Are you curious about how precise 500 is exactly? – Double AA Oct 11 at 16:09
  • I wasn't particularly expressing surprise. I was asking for a source for the number 500 (which I assume the editor of the book I linked to didn't invent). – Gabriel Oct 11 at 16:15
  • To the contrary, 500 years seems awfully short. The Beis HaMikdash was built 480 years after Yetzias Mitzraim, and Yonah was quite a bit more than 20 years later. – DonielF Oct 11 at 17:14
  • 1. THe link is broken 2. We seldom ask on Midrashim since they are not obligated to historical truth, many stories can be highly metaphorical. – Al Berko Oct 12 at 18:41
  • 1. The link's working for me, but if you're having trouble, Google "rule Nineveh for five hundred years" (with quote marks) and it comes up. 2. It may seldom happen, but today it has. – Gabriel Oct 12 at 19:47

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