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How many Jews came out of land Egypt with Moses?

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2008-07-10 20:49:50

There are no precise records of the number of Jews at the

time of the Exodus.

However Exodus 12:37, says 600,000 walking men plus

children. In the census taken about a year after the Exodus,

recorded at Numbers 1:2, 3, 45, 46, there were 603,550 males (20

years old and older) plus 22,000 male Levites over one month old

(Numbers 2:32, 33; 3:39) So how many women would be with 600,000

men? How many children would there be in a typical Jewish family at

that time? If all the men had one wife, that would make 1,200,000

adults. If each of the 600,000 families also had three young

children with them, that would be 1,800,000 children. Of course,

many Jewish families would have had more than three children.

However, by the time of the Exodus, many of these children would be

adults!

We can see that it gets very difficult to estimate how many Jews

in total. If we take the arbitrary figure of 3 children

accompanying each family, then, by adding all the children to all

the adults we get 3,000,000 people, i.e. Jews that came out with

Moses. In addition, though not asked in the question, there were

many non-Jews who also came out of Egypt with the Jews, See Exodus

12:38.


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