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Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#1  Postby electricwhiteboy » Jun 19, 2017 2:48 pm

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I'm looking for a decent source for refuting the Book of Exodus. I know in broad strokes that there is no archaeological evidence for ancient widespread slavery of the Jews in Egypt, and various other titbits. What I'd ideally want is some kind of sceptical critique of when and why Exodus was written. I.e. It in no way happened like that, and here's why they made up the pseudo-history that appears in the OT.
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Re: Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#2  Postby Weaver » Jun 19, 2017 3:05 pm

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Re: Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#3  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jun 19, 2017 3:10 pm

The thread title shifts the burden of proof.
But besides that:
There's no evidence for a large population of Jews in Egypt at that time.
There is no evidence for mass slavery in Egypt at that time, neither Jewish nor in general.
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Re: Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#5  Postby Weaver » Jun 19, 2017 3:22 pm

While the burden of proof properly lies with those making the claim that Exodus happened, it is still possible to offer evidence which refutes the possibility that it happened as described. The Rational Wiki article to which I linked is a good example - it examines the claims and provides contrary evidence, and gives an accounting of the current scientific thinking about the time period, which includes evidence which by itself directly refutes the mythical claims.
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Re: Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#6  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jun 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Weaver wrote:While the burden of proof properly lies with those making the claim that Exodus happened, it is still possible to offer evidence which refutes the possibility that it happened as described. The Rational Wiki article to which I linked is a good example - it examines the claims and provides contrary evidence, and gives an accounting of the current scientific thinking about the time period, which includes evidence which by itself directly refutes the mythical claims.

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Re: Historical Evidence Against the Book of Exodus

#7  Postby newolder » Jun 19, 2017 9:00 pm

Evidence against a work of fiction? Might as well begin the search for Mordor or Gormenghast. :roll:
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