Some archeologists claim that evidence for the Exodus does not exist in Egypt. This Associates for Biblical Research article examines some the evidence. The article also compares different views.
Until several years ago I thought that evidence for the Exodus in Egypt did not exist. When I found out I was wrong, this produced a boost to my faith.
There is a great deal of evidence for the Exodus to be found in Egypt.
Other interesting facts about the Israelite sojourn in Egypt.
Documentary Review: Patterns of Evidence, The Exodus
The Exodus is a search for evidence for the Exodus in Egypt.
Documentary Review: Patterns of Evidence the Moses Controversy
The Moses Controversy discusses the evidence demonstrating that Moses had an alphabet to write the Pentateuch and that the Israelites were literate and could read what Moses wrote.
Book Review: Lost Sea of the Exodus, A Modern Geographical Analysis, By Dr. Glen A. Fritz
Fritz looks at the evidence for the Red Sea crossing occurring at Nuweibaa at the Gulf of Aqaba.
15 thoughts on “Evidence in Egypt for the Exodus?”
Is there a single non-religious archaeologist that has produced evidence to demonstrate the veracity of the Exodus tale?
His timelines are all haywire and none of what he postulated had been verified by evidence. He has no standing in the archaeological community.
Please don’t for a second consider that I am at least not aware of all the current arguments for the Exodus tale – including fringe beliefs of people like David Rohl.
However, if you have some hitherto unknown archaeological evidence we could examine then I am certainly open to looking at it.
Although it seems highly unlikely something so monumental would have passed under the radar of the worlds recognised archaelogists.
Ark: After thinking about it for awhile I find your question quite interesting. If you avoid certain archaeologists (religious), are you really searching for truth?
I want to know the truth. I am willing to read atheists and I am a Christian. Atheists today do not make a good case for atheism in my opinion. For example, I have heard and read many atheists who claim that there is no evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Some even claim that Jesus did not exist!
I know of a great deal of historical evidence for the resurrection. I think that beyond a reasonable doubt the evidence proves that the resurrection occurred. I am willing to look at any evidence and listen to arguments on both sides. I have not heard or read good arguments from atheists that would change my mind about the resurrection.
In the same way some scholars claim the the exodus occurred about 1250 BC but do not seem to demonstrate to me the evidence to support such an early date. When I was in college I was told that evidence for the exodus and evidence for Israelites in Egypt did not exist. These professors believed that the exodus occurred about 1250 BC. However the Bible claims the exodus happened in 1446 BC. Evidence for Israel in Egypt between 1850 BC to 1446 BC does exist.
I am very interested in some of the evidence that Manfred Beitak has found. I think his discovery of people from the Levant in Avaris is very important. I don’t remember where he wrote it but I remember reading something Beitak wrote that demonstrated that the decay of carbon was different before 1400 BC than after 1400 BC. The offset can be as much as 100 to 150 years. We do need to be very careful about dating Egyptian history using carbon 14 dating.
As for David Rohl I found his book very interesting. I do find the arguments of scholars such as Douglas Petrovitch more convincing. Petrovitch uses the traditional dating of Egypt and shows evidence for the Exodus. Petrovitch is religious.
In my opinion if we are looking for the truth, we need to take evidence from wherever it comes and evaluate on the basis of the quality of the evidence.
Then present the evidence which demonstrates the veracity of the resurrection of the bible character Jesus of Nazareth.
The evidence is historical and not mathematical. It is not 2 + 2 = 4. Much of the evidence is circumstantial and eye witness accounts.
I and many others believe that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus raises to the level of “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Some people who have examined the evidence do not find the evidence convincing. I do not see a better explanation for events that occurred than that the resurrection did really happen.
Some very intelligent people do not believe in the resurrection so I think we can believe only if the evidence is very, very good.
I think that we can begin with the New Testament. It is extremely reliable. If Luke or Matthew says a ruler was in power or a town exists, then time after time archeology has proven them correct.
Early manuscripts were sent all over the Roman empire. Scholars can examine the manuscripts we have found to see what has changed from each line of manuscripts. Scholars who know these things say the manuscripts and many of the translations we have are very close to the originals.
Cultural and language difference make an exact meaning for meaning translation impossible. Scholars spend their whole lives studying these language and cultural differences and we all benefit from their findings.
We can use the New Testament as the main source for examining the evidence for the resurrection.
We find corroborating evidence in the Jewish historian Josephus, Syrian philosopher Mara Bar Serapion, and Roman historian Tacitus.
Over 500 people saw Jesus alive after the resurrection.
I have read physicians who say that the water coming from Jesus’ side when the Roman soldier put his spear into his side indicates that Jesus was dead.
The gospels look at the life of Jesus from different perspectives and they all agree that Jesus rose from the dead.
There are many good sources examining the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Some them include:
The movie, “Against the Tide,” Kevin Sorbo interviews mathematician John Lennox.
William Lane Craig has written several books about the resurrection.
See also “William Lane Craig’s Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” by Wintery Knight. https://winteryknight.com/2014/01/27/william-lane-craigs-case-for-the-resurrection-of-jesus-2/
The book that caused me to move from agnostic to Christian is Josh McDowell’s “The Resurrection Factor.” The specific piece of evidence that made me say, ”aha!” is the fact that 10 of the 12 original apostles were martyred for their faith. Who would be willing to die for a known lie?
I want to know the truth. I like when people are successful at poking holes in my untrue assumptions.
The NT is anonymous and not reliable at all
There is no evidence to support the resurrection account,only claims in texts that are riddled with errors across multiple disciplines.
They also suffer from interpolation (fraud) ergo, they are untrustworthy.
Again, you have no objective evidence to show the apostles even existed let alone were martyred.
Apologists are not a fair and balanced source for evidence, Esoecuslly fundamentalists.
Based on the research I have done, I disagree with all your statements.
You are entitled to disagree. However, without producing the evidence to support your claim then I am afraid claim is all it is.
So here is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your bona fides….
Let’s see your evidence.
It is true we do not know who wrote Hebrews.
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The apologists give us a place to start. There is evidence for the resurrection and I think it rises to the level of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Many people agree and many people disagree.
There are Christians whose analysis I disagree with. There are many non-Christian’s who I disagree with. For example, many archeologist both Christian and non-Christian place the Exodus at about 1270 BC. I disagree with their analysis. There is no evidence for Israel in Egypt at that time. There is evidence at an earlier time. Biblical Chronologist Robert Young has place the Exodus at 1446 and the fall of Jericho at 1406. I agree.
Kathleen Kenyon dated the fall of Jericho at about 1550 to 1560 BC based on the pottery and carbon 14 dating. Unfortunately she was unaware of the Carbon 14 offset discussed by Manfred Beitak. If this offset is included, the date based on pottery and carbon 14 brings the date to about 1400 BC. This aligns with the date given by the Bible and the evidence found in Egypt.
Let’s first cover the evidence you claim to have for the resurrection, shall we?
Rather present this evidence in the initial comment I responded to otherwise this thread will become too strung out.
And is there really any need to continue to moderate comments?
I think I found the setting to discontinue moderation?
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One of my cousins wrote a book on it. Not famous, self-published. But it was his life’s research.
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