Re: A Ramesside Exodus, on Biblical evidence?
- --- In AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com, "andrej1234au"
> We all need to have our Pithoms occupied at the time we think theA.J.
> Exodus took place, Jon,
Seeing as how the date of any Exodus is always a controversial point,
always assuming there was one of course, then I think it would help
if we can find any 'Pithom' that was occupied at the same time as Per-
The Scribe writes about both sites together. So, seeing as how Per-
Ramesses was defunct about 1100 BCE, replaced by Tanis, then surely
we need a 'Pithom' that was functioning before 1100 BCE?
That was Retabah.
Even establishing Retabah as Pithom in the 2nd millennium doesn't
really help date the Exodus story. All we can determine is that the
story was written sometime between the rise of Per-Ramesses (circa
1250? BCE), and the fall of Retabah as Pithom, sometime before the
7th century BCE.
There's 500 years to choose from, and all of them predate the coming
of the Persians.
And I am in agreement with Kitchen, Hoffmeier & Dever, to name only
three. But as I detect a religious agenda among those so named, I am
the fly in their ointment, because I don't have one.
- Hi Richard
> The first requires that the Israelite scribes would haveTell me, Richard, I'm curious: In what language do you envisage that
> kept some kind of (oral or written or both) records
> of the events, ...
these written records would have been retained?