Out of Egypt


I sometimes hear or read that the exodus never happened, even that there is not a shred of evidence for it in the Egyptian records.  People who say this are probably rejecting a theological or sensational Hollywood version of the event.  But, just as it would be a mistake to say the Trojan War never happened because you find the story of the cyclops to be fantastic, so with the exodus.

There are quite a lot of Egyptian records to suggest that people who may have been ancestors of those who later made up Israel came out of Egypt.  So, in this post, I am going to go into some detail.  It looks to me like–if you don’t make ridiculous requirements of event-for-event matches–the Egyptian records, far from never mentioning an exodus, actually record an abundance of exodoi (yeah, really, that is the plural).

First, there is the Hyksos expulsion in the 16th…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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