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Possible evidence of the Exodus found in Jordan

Posted on Thursday, 27 September, 2018 | Comment icon 30 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 (30)

Tags: Exodus, Egypt, Moses, Bible

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker on 28 September, 2018, 12:13
I think it is cool that this discovery was made, but I tend to agree the article is sensationalism to perhaps drum up investors.
Comment icon #22 Posted by paperdyer on 28 September, 2018, 17:03
Well I'm not very religious, much to my Mother's chagrin, but I tend to treat the Bible as a history book.  However, the stories probably were passed down from generation to generation akin to the Native Americans.  Events get modified, dramatized, embellished, etc. until they get written down where some more editing takes place.  Parables become facts and once written stay facts and are taught for so long that, even when proof otherwise is shown, the true believers still believe.  It all comes back to one's perception becomes their reality.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Piney on 28 September, 2018, 23:28
HEY!  Our spiritual tradition has nothing to do with controlling people! 
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hankenhunter on 30 September, 2018, 9:47
Ee'dplebnista norkohn forkohn perfectunun? Too obscure? Hank
Comment icon #25 Posted by Alien Origins on 30 September, 2018, 10:39
Conformation biased....I don't believe the Jews were ever in Egypt...  
Comment icon #26 Posted by Piney on 30 September, 2018, 12:05
Neither does any Israeli archaeologist or Rabbinical Scholar.   
Comment icon #27 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 30 September, 2018, 14:57
At the time they are speaking of, I believe, Canaan was a subject of Egypt.  So if they did leave Egypt they essentially ran away to Egypt.  
Comment icon #28 Posted by Piney on 30 September, 2018, 15:32
You just gave me a thought. Perhaps it was a memory of their subjugation and they exaggerated like story tellers do. The Indo-European gods started out as deified ancestors. Look what they became when recorded history began. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by kmt_sesh on 2 October, 2018, 0:11
  They certainly weren't there in 1400 BCE, but there was a sizable Jewish enclave in the Elephantine region of Egypt in the Late Period. This was probably the result of Nebuchadnezzar's sacking of Jerusalem and environs in 589 BCE. The Jews scattered, and a lot of them ended up in Egypt. Many joined the ranks of pharaoh's army, and many were merchants in the Elephantine area. They even built their own temple to Yahweh there. Quite a lot of texts and records survive from the Jewish enclave. The big problem for the Jewish folks in Elephantine was their habit of sacrificing rams in their temple,... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by kmt_sesh on 2 October, 2018, 0:17
In the timeframe of 1400 BCEm the Levant was definitely under the sway of Egyptian hegemony. But it didn't stay that way. In the several centuries following that. Egypt lost a lot of control of the Levant. Other empires like the Hittites deeply encroached on former Egyptian vassals, and even Ramesses II couldn't do much about it (although he tried). By around 1100 BCE the Egyptian New Kingdom had crumbled, and many of the great kingdoms in that region had fallen. This created the power vacuum that allowed smaller, minor kingdoms to rise—including the Hebrews. By 1000 BCE the Hebrews were start... [More]

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