Re: A Gap in Exodus
- --- In AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com, "richfaussette"
>When George asked the above question, I responded with this:
> --- In AncientBibleHistory@yahoogroups.com, "George"
> <historynow2002@> wrote:
> > Why is there a gap between Genesis and Exodus?
"The conflict between Egpyt and Israel is over demographics. It was
necessary for a decent amount of time to pass for 70 to increase to a
number large enough to fill the land and stimulate the conflict that
results in the Exodus.
Simply follow the thread from Abraham (descendants to fill the earth),
to Isaac, who increases "a hundredfold" while in Gerar, to the
pharoah's remark at the beginning of Exodus as to the numbers of
Israelites and the refusal of hebrew midwives to commit infanticide."
Later, after I made the above response, and while exploring the story
of Ananias and Sapphira for George, I came across Stephen's reference
to the conflict (Acts...7:17):
"'Now as the time approached for God to fulfill the promise he had
made to Abraham, our nation in Egypt grew and increased in numbers.
At length another king, who new nothing of Joseph, ascended the
throne of Egypt. He made a *crafty attack on our race,* and cruelly
forced our ancestors to expose their children so that they (our
ancestors[race]) should not survive.'"
The demographic argument - out of the mouth of the first Christian
martyr, who is recounting what he believes, just before he is stoned.