Wilderness wandering and settlement of the land at the same time?


Graham Hagens has written the article “Exodus and Settlement: A Two Sojourn Hypothesis.” It is online here.

Hagens has explored a solid possibility for the Exodus. He dates the Exodus to the junction of the 19th and 20th dynasties without getting too specific about Setnakht as the pharaoh or the disruptions of that period in Egypt. Instead he focuses on the developing chronology of the village settlements in Canaan as occuring largely during the 20th dynasty and the middle of the 12th century. When would the Exodus have had to occur if it was connected to a settlement occurring at that time?

We do not have evidence for a large number of people wandering the Sinai for a long time. But Hagens says we do have evidence of about 10,000 new settlers arriving in the highlands of northern Israel during the 12th century.

So Hagens affirms that the founders…

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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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