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Famine in the Land of Canaan (previous name of Land of Israel) forced inhabitants to find food. Joseph, the son of Jacob, had been sold by his brothers and ended up in Egypt, where, through a series of spectacular events, he becoming second in command to Pharoah. When his brothers came from Canaan for food, Joseph instructed them to bring their father and settle in Egypt. Jacob and his family moved to Egypt and their help was soon requested in building two cities for Pharoah, Pitom and Ramsees. Initially, they were paid for their services, but with the death of all of the 12 sons of Jacob (Levi died last) the employment relationship slowly shifted into one of servitude. Because the tribe of Levi hadn't been involved in the employment relationship, they were not subjected to work, despite what popular film may show.

While the actual implementation of the slavery may have been gradual, the biblical record indicates that a new Pharaoh came to the throne who 'knew not Joseph' (or didn't want to know) and so enslaved the Israelites. The thinking and process is described in the first chapter of Exodus. It must be remembered that Moses was brought up in the household of Pharaoh for 40 years and so would have been quite familiar with how they thought or regarded the Israelites.

Exodus 1:8-14 (King James Version)8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

11Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.

12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

13And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

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How long Israel become slaves in Egypt?

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for roughly 400 years .

Why do the israelites become slave in Egypt?

Exodus 1:7-11 explains that the Israelites became slaves in Egypt because they were multiplying.

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The Israelites ended up in Egypt as slaves.

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The Israelites were slaves because when they increased in number in Egypt, thePharaoh was scared they would come to power so they were made slaves for 430 years.

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According to the Torah, they were slaves in the land of Egypt for 400 years.

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all but one

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It is presumed that they built pyramids.

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Did the Israelites suffer from being slaves of the pharaoh?

Yes, the Bible says so in genesis. There are no Historical evidences that there were about 3 million Israelite slaves in Egypt during the alleged time of Exodus, therefore the Israelites never suffer as slaves in Egypt.

How long had the israelites slaves in Egypt?

The records say that the Israelite people were slaves in Egypt for a period of 400 years. A very lomg time indeed.

What kind of work did the Israelites do in Egypt?

They were slaves engaged in building work.

Who were the slaves in Egypt?

Israelites were slaves in Egypt for a long period of time. But under the guidance of God through Moses, they were able to come out of the slavery and moved towards Canaan.

How had the Israelites become a problem in Egypt?

The reason could be fear, as the Israelites were fast multiplying.

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Christians believe that Moses led the slaves to freedom

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Why did the king of Egypt make the israelites slaves?

He was afraid of their high birthrate (Exodus ch.1).

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When the Israelite were captives in Egypt , they were slaves so treated badly, when taken to Babylon it was not so bad , but slaves as well.

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A person doesn’t “become” a slave instead they are taken in war as slaves.

How many Israelites left Egypt at the exodus?

When the Jewish people came to Egypt, there was only 70 of them. But When the Jewish people left Egypt about 200 years later, there was about 60,000 of them. This was because at the time that the Israelites were slaves, mothers gave birth to about 6 children at a time!

Did the israelites go into slavery?

Yes they were held slaves many times, the main one was in Egypt and Babylon.

What happened to the Israelites when they were in Egypt?

The descendants of Jacob lived for more than 200 years in a part of Egypt called Goshen. Pharaoh had invited the Israelites to live in Egypt because he knew Joseph and respected him. For about 100 years they were at peace with the Egyptians. The Israelites lived in small towns and raised animals. After a while, the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. The Bible says: "In time there arose over Egypt a new king, one who did not know Joseph." The Israelites were treated cruelly.

How did their fortunes change once they were in Egypt?

The children of Israel were at first prosperous in Egypt because the Lord blessed all their endeavors, including their crops and animals. However, the Egyptians became afraid of the successes of the Israelites and they made Israelites their slaves.

What were Hebrew slaves?

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