The Bible is Wrong About History
exodus never happened! That proves the Bible is wrong!
HUMANIST'S CLAIMS: The book of Exodus claims
to contain a historical record of the escape of the Israelites from slavery in
Egypt. But historians and archaeologists have been unable to verify any of the
events described in the book. No known Egyptian records refer to the biblical
Moses, the devastating plagues God supposedly inflicted on the country, the escape
of the Hebrew slaves, or the drowning of the Egyptian army. Further, White tells
us the records contained on Egyptian monuments show that the pharaoh ruling at
the time of the alleged escape of the Jews was certainly not overwhelmed in the
I can't help but notice right off that White is referenced
again... and can be ignored.
of Human Behavior
When you have an absolute monarch who desires to be known
as an infallible god... and is the one responsible for the writing of the historical
records of his reign (he rewards or beheads the historians, based on what they
write)... what do you get? A very favorable historical record.
If you lose
a battle... no record is made of that battle... unless, of course, the winning
side makes a record (Israel did make a record of the Exodus).
If you make
a bad decision... no record is made of that decision... unless, of course, someone
else makes a record (Israel did make a record of the plagues that came on Egypt).
a certain group of people cause you a lot of embarrassing problems... you wipe
them out of your records and all past records, and no one knows they ever existed...
unless, of course, those people make a record of their own (Israel did make a
record of their time in Egypt).
What we have is an Egyptian absolute
ruler with every incentive to eliminate all evidence that Israel ever was
in Egypt. AND eliminate all Egyptian records of the exodus. Of course, he is likely
to miss some records (and he did), such as records of slave sales that include
a lot of Hebrew names. But, basically pharaoh had the power to wipe the Hebrews
out of Egypt's history. And he did just that.
The purpose of ancient records
was not to record an accurate history. Their purpose was to glorify the current
ruler, and intimidate potential enemies. Accuracy and completeness were not part
of the plan.
Principles of Archeology
When the Hebrews came into
the land of Egypt they were given land in Goshen. What is Goshen like?
places are were artifacts are best preserved, especially written records. Goshen
is located on the eastern side of the Nile delta. It is fairly wet, so archeological
things deteriorate relatively quickly, in particular papyrus. The Hebrews made
their buildings from mud bricks, which do not survive long periods of time (millennia)
in wet environments. However, some Hebrew style buildings (four rooms with a courtyard)
have been discovered.
It makes sense that there is not much physical evidence.
But, even a total lack of evidence would not prove the Hebrews were not in Egypt
as described in the Bible. However, there is sufficient evidence that Hebrews
were present in Goshen around the time of the Exodus. For more information go
to the All
About Archeology web site.
Also, the Hebrews were not known as "Hebrews"
at that time. When they entered Egypt they were a family of 70 people from Canaan.
They were not a nation and just barely a tribe. It appears the Egyptians just
lumped them together with Canaanites and asiatics, with little to distinguish
Israel's family from other Canaanites..
Final Interesting Note
were not originally called Egyptians. They were Mizraim.
is named as the progenitor of the Egyptians. Thus, it is not surprising that the
present local name for Egypt is Misr which is derived from Mizraim.
So today in Egypt we have the Misr Bank, the Misr Insurance Company, and the Misr
Travel Agency. - Quote From Answers
Who is Mizraim? He is the son of Ham and grandson
of Noah. Egypt was originally founded by the grandson of Noah... and that means
all of its history is completely after the global flood.
Noah's flood did not happen is just wishful thinking on the part of evolutionists
and humanists. Deep time without a global flood are required for evolution to
be true. But, both the Bible and the physical evidence support the fact that Noah's
global flood was real.
Next claim about errors in Biblical history:
book of Esther purports to describe how a young Jewish girl named Esther was chosen
by the Persian king Xerxes I to be queen after he had divorced Vashti. Although
historians know a great deal about Xerxes I, there is no record that he had a
Jewish queen named Esther or was married to Vashti.
the book of Esther describes the Persian empire as having 127 provinces, but historians
maintain there was no such division of the empire. Also contrary to the book
of Esther, historians assure us Xerxes did not order Jews in his territories to
attack his Persian subjects.
Esther and Daniel are two books that are
most commonly attacked by humanists. Why? Because they provide such powerful evidence
God is real. Click here and we'll take
a look at Esther.