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It is interesting that Johnstone uses the phrase “absence of evidence” with regard to the Exodus.
There is an oft-repeated adage in Biblical and archaeological studies with regard to efforts to reconstruct events of thousands of years ago from the bits and tatters of information that have survived: “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Rather than blindly accepting a learned scholar’s argument from silence to dismiss the factuality of the Exodus, let us look at the reality of the situation.
The book [Exodus] relates to Egyptian history but only in a vague way.
Not a single Egyptian is identified by name, not even the pharaohs, despite the fact that two of them, the pharaohs of the oppression and the exodus, are involved…
Where would one expect to find written records of the presence of Israel in Egypt, or of the Exodus?
In Rameses, of course, the place where the Israelites were settled when Jacob and his family entered Egypt (Gn ), where the Israelites labored as slaves (Ex ) and where they departed under the leadership of Moses (Ex ; Nm 33:3).
Sadly, most contemporary Biblical scholars deny the historicity of God’s miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt as documented in the Old Testament (Ex 2–12) and alluded to in the New Testament (Acts ; Rom ).
Sadly, most contemporary Biblical scholars deny the historicity of God’s miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt as documented in the Old Testament (Ex 2–12) and alluded to in the New Testament (Acts ; Rom )...
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Fortunately, we know a lot about Rameses, modern Tell el-Daba in the northeastern Nile delta, since it has been excavated almost continuously since 1966.
What historical records have been found from the time period of the Exodus at ancient Rameses? In fact, the only historical document to be found from any period from all of the excavations in the area of ancient Rameses over a period of more than 40 years is one small 2x2 in (5x5 cm) fragment of a clay tablet.