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Possible evidence of the Exodus found in Jordan

By T.K. Randall
September 27, 2018 · Comment icon 425 comments

A 19th-century depiction of the Israelites leaving Egypt. Image Credit: PD - David Roberts
Archaeologists have discovered what could be the first hard evidence of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt.
While the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea will be familiar to just about everyone, the historical accuracy of these events has remained a topic of heated debate among scholars and historians for centuries.

Now though, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo believe that they may have found the first solid evidence of the Exodus at the Jordan Valley site of Khirbet el-Mastarah.

Their research at the site over the last two years has uncovered evidence of ancient ruins left by a nomadic people who the pair believe may have been the Israelites fleeing from Egypt.

"We have not proved that these camps are from the period of the early Israelites, but it is possible," said Ben-Shlomo. "If they are, this might fit the biblical story of the Israelites coming from east of the Jordan River, then crossing the Jordan and entering into the hill country of Israel later."
The ruins, as well as pottery fragments found at the site, date back to between 1,000 - 1,400 BC.

This places them at around the time of the biblical Exodus.

"Sites like Khirbet el Mastarah and other similar ones in the Jordan Valley seem - at least from survey material - to appear suddenly during the Iron Age," said Ben-Shlomo.

"Since this area is not densely populated in many periods, this might indicate a new phenomenon like nomads suddenly creating settlements, or a new population."

Source: Christian Today | Comments (425)

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Comment icon #416 Posted by jmccr8 5 years ago
Hi Jaylemurph It was research, well on my part anyway. jmccr8
Comment icon #417 Posted by Pettytalk 5 years ago
A sweeter than honey leopard, to be correct. I guess here I'm just a Sampson with a crew-cut, and you are my Delilah. But please don't get annoyed with me. What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? Kenemet, of course! Judges 14:14 But if you cannot solve it, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.” “Tell us your riddle,” they replied. “Let us hear it.” 14So he said to them: “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.” For three days they were unable to explain the riddle. 15So on the fourth day th... [More]
Comment icon #418 Posted by Pettytalk 5 years ago  
Comment icon #419 Posted by Pettytalk 5 years ago
My own twinkling is not seen by anyone, as such is the brightness of all the bright stars that surround me. O Lucifer, though morning and evening twinkling star, how is it that you have fallen? The symbolism of the Exodus is that of our souls' return to that heavenly Promised Land. As we are all slaves of our physical bodies, same as the Hebrews were slaves to Pharaoh. The Hebrews are made to leave their original promised land of Joseph's family, to journey into Egypt for obtaining material needs of the body. Therefore the Exodus is a return to their former dwelling, only with big interest, as... [More]
Comment icon #420 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
At one time the Egypt ruled Canaan. The Exodus was a exaggerated memory of this event. The Hebrews were herders and raiders. They weren't that deep. 
Comment icon #421 Posted by Pettytalk 5 years ago
They were always in deep trouble! But Piney, my little fluffy, white rabbit, are you not burrowing in a hole not deep, with such shallow comments of God's chosen? They were very deep right from the beginning, Genesis. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. The path is clear Though no eyes can see The course laid down long before And so with gods and men The sheep remain inside their pen Though many times they've seen the way to leave He rides majestic Past homes of men Who care not or gaze wit... [More]
Comment icon #422 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
The Garden of Eden was ripped from somewhere else. In the original story it was just Eve and the serpent teaching her the plants. But the Hebrews were so rabidly patrilineal they had to make First Woman look like the cause of all man's problems. God's Chosen? Your god, not mine..........
Comment icon #423 Posted by Kenemet 5 years ago
Lovely poetry, bad astronomy.  By the time that the Earth had water for oceans, the planet was rotating and had a moon and tides.
Comment icon #424 Posted by Kenemet 5 years ago
And let's not forget that two creations are depicted and they contradict each other.
Comment icon #425 Posted by Jodie.Lynne 5 years ago
It's the catnip. Even the big cats love it!

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