Interestingly enough, the vast majority of Egyptologists actually accept the historical narration of the exodus. I came across this recently as I was reading through some of the published work of one of todays foremost historians, James Hoffmeier.

I came across a paper by Hoffmeier, a highly respected professor of the Old Testament, and someone who has contributed significantly to the field of Egyptology. In 2013, an international conference was held on the Exodus narrative in California, attended by many scholars where some 40 of the leading scholars, including Hoffmeier himself, would present papers on the historicity of the exodus and whatnot. Another conference was held on the exodus by highly prominent scholars once again the following year in Texas. Hoffmeier is, to my knowledge, the only scholar who had a presentation in both conferences.

In the paper he presented, titled Egyptologists and the Israelite Exodus from Egypt (that you can click on and read here), he revealed the results of an unofficial survey he conducted with about 25 scholars at an Egyptological conference regarding their viewpoint on the exodus narrative. The scholars were asked “Do you think the early Israelites lived in Egypt and that there was some sort of exodus?”. In total, 19 out of the 25 scholars agreed with the historicity of the exodus, and not a single one said that there were no Hebrews in Egypt and that there was no exodus. Indeed, the other 6 simply had views from ‘probably’ to ‘unlikely’, and again, 19 out of 25 expressed that they did view the exodus as historical.

This is quite extraordinary, because most non-academics are lead to believe that historians stand against the historicity of the exodus, when in fact a grand majority are actually on the complete opposite side in the field of Egyptology. Most who have not done significant research into this field probably do not know that critics as critical and against the historicity of the Bible such as Ronald Hendel himself accepts the historicity of Moses. Hendel has been convinced of the historicity of Moses because of the following two factors; 1) The name Moses is Egyptian, or at least potentially an Egyptian name, 2) The fact that the biblical narrative says Moses was married to a Midianite women. Hendel finds this marriage narrative of Moses far too peculiar to have been made up.

So, in reality, contrary to popular thought, the great majority of Egyptologists actually fully accept the historicity of the exodus. This is rather astonishing to say the least, and something that even greatly surprised myself. It’s clear that the narrative of the Bible is clearly and plainly historical fact, and this is being recognized at a greater and greater amount as time passes on. Hallelujah!

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