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Did the Exodus really happen ?

Posted on Wednesday, 13 April, 2011 | Comment icon 32 comments

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Did Moses really lead the Israelites out of Egypt and were there really ten plagues ?

One religious author has provided textual proof that the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt did indeed happen. In a papyrus titled 'The Admonitions of an Egyptian', a man named Ipuwer writes of many events that parrallel what is written in the bible.

"This question has puzzled biblical scholars, archeologists and all those interested in solving one of the Old Testament's most intriguing mysteries."

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Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost on 16 April, 2011, 17:54
yes there is. they have found stables for the number of horses that the eytptians sent after them. up until they found the stables, they thought that the egytians couldnt have had that many horses. they supposedly have also found the location where they crossed the red sea, by biblical diion. but it isnt across the main body of the sea but the arm that seperates sudan from arabia.
Comment icon #24 Posted by mklsgl on 16 April, 2011, 17:55
hey daniel... there is Midrash which states that one tribe was appointed to 'clean up' so as not to leave a trail and be followed.
Comment icon #25 Posted by danielost on 16 April, 2011, 17:57
ok, what were they cleaning up sheep dung. or maybe they were recycling anything that broke. again if your mobile it is hard to mine.
Comment icon #26 Posted by mklsgl on 16 April, 2011, 18:38
from the Rabbi Wolpe link, here is page 1: Three years ago on Passover, I explained to my congregation that according to archeologists, there was no reliable evidence that the Exodus took place--and that it almost certainly did not take place the way the Bible recounts it. Finally, I emphasized: It didn't matter. Some argue that there is no evidence to back my assertion. Endlessly reiterated is the mantra "absence of evidence does not mean evidence of absence." In other words, the fact that we have never found a single shred of evidence in the Sinai does not mean the... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Leonardo on 16 April, 2011, 19:24
Consider this: The average walking speed of humans is ~5km/h. If we assume a column of people 20 wide, with an average gap of 1 metre between rows, and there were 2 million people in the exodus (600,000 men, plus women and children) then this column stretches 100,000 m in length. That is 100 km. The biblical account states that this column crossed the parted Red Sea in one night, but it would take 20 hours for the back of the column to reach where the front had been, and that doesn't take into account the length of the crossing, which was long enough to contain at least a part of the ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by mklsgl on 16 April, 2011, 19:55
Yeah, Leo, I agree. At best, Exodus is legend, as Rabbi Wolpe asserted.
Comment icon #29 Posted by danielost on 16 April, 2011, 20:13
i dont know where anyone is getting millions from. the bible states there were 144,000. this is also the only time that it is made clear that that number included men women and children. also assuming that they were walking they would get about 10 miles in a day. once they got organized. before that when they were running, they could have moved 20 miles in a day putting the sick on wagons. they didn't have a lot in the way of food other wise god wouldn't have had to send them Marna and birds for food. so no live stock except what was needed to move the wagons. i believe ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Mr Walker on 17 April, 2011, 2:20
Just a query. Why assume this was the formation used? Is it recounted in the bible? And why assume the group crossed at walking speed. Id be running flat out So if the column 9if indeed it walked as a column was 100 peole wide then it would take only 4 hours to cross even at walking pace. I dont believe the precise deteils of the exodus. It is clear that it was modified and added to much later. Thus not even the numbers need to be correct. However the account of exodus is written as a history by peole who appaently believed it was theri history.Aand it includes a number of points whi... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Makazradon on 17 April, 2011, 2:43
It blows my mind that in the 21st Century, there are still those among us who consider the act of channeling the creator of the universe to cause a body of water to split in half, long enough so that it could be crossed as a plausible point of reasonable discourse. Oh well.
Comment icon #32 Posted by bug101687 on 17 April, 2011, 3:23
it possible they brought they entire culture with them. it like walking village. so can survive very long time out there. there dry land specialist . know water would be at

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