Out of Egypt

Jonathan D. Safren yon_saf at bezeqint.net
Mon Mar 26 11:30:09 EST 2001

Do we have any other examples of peoples with traditions (not documented first hand as in the case of Afro Americans) that they originated as slaves?
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Israel
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Washburn 
  To: Biblical Hebrew 
  Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 4:42 PM
  Subject: Re: Out of Egypt

  I have to wonder why they would invent this kind of myth, as opposed to building accretions around the events that (supposedly) actually happened. Fleeing a king who wanted them to compromise their religious beliefs and practices would have made a much more noble story than fleeing the tyrrany of enslavement. So for such a view to work, it would have to explain why the stories revolve around an exodus from slavery rather than an exodus from religious compromise. For this reason alone, the idea doesn't seem to have much to back it up IMO.

Dave Washburn
"No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
violated."  C. S. Lewis

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