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There is a tradition about Jews being held as slaves in Egypt, and from that story, many conflicts and animosity have remained, however, to this day, and in spite of thorough searches, no evidence has been uncovered to corroborate the claims made in the Bible.
Do you believe the stories are true, or just allegory? If you believe the story is true, why do you think that there isn't any archaeological evidence of the enslavement and escape?
From the link:
It is hard to believe that 600,000 families (which would mean about two million people) crossed the entire Sinai without leaving one shard of pottery (the archeologist's best friend) with Hebrew writing on it. It is remarkable that Egyptian records make no mention of the sudden migration of what would have been nearly a quarter of their population, nor has any evidence been found for any of the expected effects of such an exodus; such as economic downturn or labor shortages. Furthermore, there is no evidence in Israel that shows a sudden influx of people from another culture at that time. No rapid departure from traditional pottery has been seen, no record or story of a surge in population.
In fact, there's absolutely no more evidence to suggest that the story is true than there is in support of any of the Arab world's conspiracy theories and tall tales about Jews.
So, as we come to Passover 2012 when, thanks to the “Arab Spring,” our relations with Egypt are at a nearly 40 year low, let us enjoy our Seder and read the story by all means, but also remind those at the table who may forget that it is just a metaphor, and that there is no ancient animosity between Israelites and Egyptians. Because, if we want to re-establish that elusive peace with Egypt that so many worked so hard to build, we're all going to have to let go of our prejudices.
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:12 PM on Apr. 6, 2012
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Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:06 PM on Apr. 6, 2012
Even if there WAS evidence of Jewish slaves and an Exodus, it's still not proof of the biblical god. The bible is historical fiction- just like every other mythology out here.
Oh, and just lovin' the 'god intended there to be no evidence' bullshit someone above tossed out. What a nice way to dismiss the lack of evidence for anything religious in order to keep on believing.
Answer by IhartU at 3:26 PM on Apr. 6, 2012
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