[b-hebrew] Evidence for the Exodus

Stephen Segall segall at umich.edu
Thu Aug 5 14:16:41 EDT 2004

An explanation for why Moses had a Cushite wife is given in "Understanding
the Exodus and Other Mysteries of Jewish History". See
www.etzhaimpress.com. It also explains what might have happened to Moses'
previous wife Tziporah.

On Thu, 5 Aug 2004, Jonathan D. Safren wrote:

> Sometimes the authentic info may contained in slips of the pen or "between
> the lines" or in cryptic passages or passages that seem out of place.
> Take for example Num. 12:1, where both Miriam and Aaron seem to be angry
> with Moses over his  Cushite wife, "for he took a Cushite wife". What has
> this to do with the berit, the Exodus, the desert wanderigs (unless yu want
> to claim that these particular Cushites were a Sinai sesert tribe) or the
> consquest of Canaan?
> To me this appears to be an authentic piece of information about Moses the
> Egyptian who, while still in Egypt, married a woman from Nubia or Ehtiopia,
> which wouldn't be very out of the way if you were an Egyptian or even a
> Hebrew living in Egypt.
> Or take 1 Sam. 2:17, in which the anonymous "man of God" begins his reproof
> of Elis and his sons with the cryptic "Did I not reveal myself to your
> family (lit. 'father's house') when they were in Egypt belonging to/working
> for Pharaoh?"
> This appears to me to be an authentic notive of the presence of an Israelite
> priestly family in Egypt, where they may even have been Egyptian priests
> (the names Hofni, Phineas??)
> These examples are not hard historical evidence in the strict sense of the
> word (after all, they're in the Bible and not on some tablet or papyrus),
> but strong indications that there may be something behind the Exodus
> traditions after all.
> Sincerely,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> To: <bill.rea at canterbury.ac.nz>
> Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 11:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Evidence for the Exodus
> > On 04/08/2004 22:22, Bill Rea wrote:
> >
> > > ...
> > >
> > >If you look for natural explanations of the signs and wonders in the
> > >text you miss (probably deliberately) what the text is trying to tell
> > >you. Often you end up only having pushed the sign or wonder into a
> > >different aspect of the event, here the preservation of Moses' life.
> > >It's a bit like the mess in Dr Suess's Cat in the Hat - the miraculous
> > >just moves it doesn't go away. (That's an imperfect analogy.)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > This reminds me of a joke, which I will repeat here because it is
> > relevant and make's Bill's point clearly.
> >
> > A teacher was telling a class the story of the parting of the Red Sea.
> > When he got to the point where YHWH turns the sea into dry land, he was
> > interrupted by a child shouting "Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!" "What do
> > you mean?" asked the teacher. The child said "What a wonderful miracle,
> > God parting the sea like that!" The teacher replied "Well, not really.
> > The water there was only a few inches deep, the wind could easily blow
> > it back." And he continued with the story.
> >
> > But when he got to the part where the Egyptian army was all drowned, he
> > was again interrupted by "Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!" "What is it
> > now?" asked the teacher. The same child said "This time it really must
> > have been a miracle, the whole army drowning in a few inches of water!"
> >
> > --
> > Peter Kirk
> > peter at qaya.org (personal)
> > peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> > http://www.qaya.org/
> >
> >
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