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Saturday, August 31 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Did The Exodus Happen??

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If we’re going to do this seriously, we have to pay attention to our sources — the biblical texts — and to know as much as possible about who wrote which ones, when, and why. None of the earliest sources gives numbers of the people in the exodus. The famous huge numbers come only in the latest source. So the lack of archaeological evidence of a great mass of people leaving Egypt and living in the wilderness for a very long time proves nothing about the historicity of the event behind the earliest sources. The early sources picture a smaller event — and they point to who was there.

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Richard Elliott Friedman

University of Georgia
Richard Elliott Friedman is a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of the UGA Religion Department in 2006. Prior to his appointment there, he was the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization at UCSD from 1984 until 2006. Dr. Friedman received his Th.D. in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1978; Th.M.in Hebrew... Read More →

Saturday August 31, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Mountainside Dining

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