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How did the Israelites come to be enslaved in Egypt?

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2017-07-28 08:06:11

Answer 1

The Egyptians, who kept really good records, have no record of

such a thing.

  • Answer 2

According to the Biblical narrative, the People of Israel

immigrated to Egypt under the aegis of the Pharaoh whom Joseph

served. After that Pharaoh passed, a new Pharaoh arose and he

declared that all of the People Israel would be enslaved.

  • Answer 3

The Israelites migrated to Egypt because of famine (Genesis ch.46).

Later, the Pharaoh claimed that the high Israelite birth-rate could

pose a potential threat (Exodus ch.1). On a spiritual level, the

Egyptian slavery was brought about by God (see Genesis ch.15). It

taught us the importance of loving the stranger (Deuteronomy

10:19), it showed us the power of God when He redeemed us (Exodus

10:2) as well as His personal concern for us (Exodus 2:24); and it

served as the "iron furnace" (Deuteronomy 4:20) which smelted us

(the Israelites) into a nation and separated the dross.

Is there evidence of the Exodus?

The Ipuwer papyrus describes Egypt's experiencing the Plagues:

"Pestilence is throughout the land....the river is blood, death is

not scarce...there is no food...neither fruit nor herbs can be

found...barley has perished...all is ruin...the statues are burned"

(Professor John van Seters, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology no.

50).

The plagues were also described by ancient historians, including

Herodotus and Diodorus. The Exodus is mentioned by Strabo, Berosus,

Artapanus, Numenius, Justin, and Tacitus.

But in any case, few nations are content to record embarrassing

setbacks honestly. Even today, British and American textbooks

describe the American Revolution in very different ways.

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2017-07-28 08:02:37

The Israelites migrated to Egypt because of famine (Genesis

ch.46). Later, the Pharaoh claimed that the high Israelite

birth-rate could pose a potential threat (Exodus ch.1).

On a spiritual level, the Egyptian slavery was brought about by

God (see Genesis ch.15). It taught us the importance of loving the

stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19), it showed us the power of God when He

redeemed us (Exodus 10:2) as well as His personal concern for us

(Exodus 2:24); and it served as the "iron furnace" (Deuteronomy

4:20) which smelted us (the Israelites) into a nation and separated

the dross.


Is there evidence of the Exodus?

The Ipuwer papyrus describes Egypt's experiencing the Plagues:

"Pestilence is throughout the land....the river is blood, death is

not scarce...there is no food...neither fruit nor herbs can be

found...barley has perished...all is ruin...the statues are burned"

(Professor John van Seters, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology no.

50).

The plagues were also described by ancient historians, including

Herodotus and Diodorus. The Exodus is mentioned by Strabo, Berosus,

Artapanus, Numenius, Justin, and Tacitus.

But in any case, few nations are content to record embarrassing

setbacks honestly. Even today, British and American textbooks

describe the American Revolution in very different ways.



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