Some issues concerning the exodus as an event in time


It seems to me very likely that the exodus from Egypt of Semitic people who became identified with Israel actually happened. It may have happened more than once. But the account that we have in the Bible is a saga composed centuries later by authors whose theological purpose far outweighed historical considerations. (The songs or poems of Judges 5, Exodus 15, Psalms 68, and Deuteronomy 33 may have been composed much closer the the events.)

I am going to try to put together some thoughts on a likely scenario for a historical exodus. It is often said that there is no record of the exodus from the Egyptian side. I am going to suggest that that may not be true. The problem is that Egyptian inscriptions are not in language that is easy for us to translate. Their language and way of thinking was highly visual. Their writing was in…

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My name is James Pate. 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. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also 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.
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