Then philosophy migrated from every direction to Athens itself, at the center, the wealthiest commercial power and the most famous democracy of the time [ note ].
The Hebrew word used here for "men" is "Ghever," and it is commonly associated with warfare. Exodus does not specify how or if the men were armed unless perhaps Exodus Yet it does not seem to occur to the fleeing Israelites to fight back against the pursuing Egyptians. They behave like a small band of trapped refugees.
Other Bible sources, such as the census that was taken later, indicate a much smaller number of Hebrew refugees. The sun moved backwards for Joshua and for Hezekiah. It was a sin to make up this hoax. It is a smaller sin to propagate it without verifying the facts, but certain evangelists do just that.
The idea behind the story is to make up some scientific-sounding story to explain a Biblical event. This pattern appears later in creationism literature, in supplying details of the catastrophes claimed to be part of the Flood events.
Certain sections of the Bible imply that the Joshuan conquest was a sudden sweeping through the land of Canaan. Archeology suggests that the conquest was gradual, over a period of a hundred years or so, and so do certain other Biblical texts.
If those are the only problems, then the accuracy of the Bible after Genesis 11 compares favorably with other ancient literature the Iliad. The examples cited above are trivial and are not important to Salvation.
The point is, if those three are all the inaccuracies we can complain about, then the Bible after Genesis 11 is rock-solid as a historical source. The first 11 chapters of Genesis do contain some historically verifiable facts.
We know of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. We know the mountains of Ararat in Turkey. The Tower of Babel is similar to Babylonian ziggurats. The contrast is with the rest of the Bible. You can carbon-date to the time of Christ a fishing boat excavated from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, and match certain of its design features to the Gospel account of Jesus calming a storm.
It is only against this high level of verified history that the first part of Genesis seems a little strange. I am not bold or arrogant enough to conclude that "the Biblical statement thatHebrew fighting men crossed the Red Sea is wrong. I will only say that it sounds suspicious against other Biblical accounts, archaeology, and other historical sources.
An Egyptian account of the Exodus story that confirms the Biblical number could be found tomorrow.The Bible is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to Christians, especially, it is a source of inspiration and a guide to daily living..
To others, the Bible is a historical document and a source of controversy. To others still, the Bible is a self-contradictory mish-mash of arcane rules and proscriptions, mostly relevant to long-dead cultures in far away places.
I like the faith message that I get out of the "literary device" viewpoint. My only minor quibble is that the order of Genesis 1 is close enough to the natural scientific order. Online Library of Liberty. A collection of scholarly works about individual liberty and free markets.
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