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How to Judge Evidence for the Exodus

An event like the exodus can’t be “proved” in the manner of a scientific experiment. The way to judge is through the adding-up of suggestive details and reliable witnesses.

March 9, 2015 | Richard Hess
About the author: Richard S. Hess is Earl S. Kalland professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He is the author of Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey (2007) and co-editor, with Bill T. Arnold, of Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources (2014).
This is a response to Was There an Exodus?, originally published in Mosaic in March 2015

A statue of Ramesses II in Luxor, Egypt. Mohammed Moussa/Wikipedia.

Since I’m in general agreement with Joshua Berman’s analysis in “Was There an Exodus?,” I’d like to focus here on amplifying a few of his central points.

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