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Did Exodus really happen?

Updated on July 12, 2015
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Ta-Iset has never graduated from High school, but she got most of her vast intelligence through reading and learning online.

A couple of things I've noticed about the story...

There is so much debate on whether the Exodus in the bible really happened. Back in the day they believed it was historical fact, many people even went as far as claiming that the bible was a history book. Since science, and archaeology has caught up to the times, this has become more and more evident, there was no Exodus. There is a lot of supporting evidence of this, I shall list them below but first.

I don’t want anyone to think I am targeting the bible for whatever possible reason people may have to think that. I am a follower of the Ancient Egyptian culture, customs, and beliefs. I am Pagan, and my path is strictly all about Egypt. That being said, naturally I’d want to know all their history, and one of the stories that always fascinated me was that of Exodus. I actually believed it was a historical fact myself for many years, but after lots of extensive research, 16 documentaries, many google searches, and tons of books in the library. I have found that these factors cannot be ignored when explaining the truth.

The God of Wisdom

The God of Wisdom, who is the one that made the Emerald Tablets.
The God of Wisdom, who is the one that made the Emerald Tablets. | Source

Some points to consider when denying the facts.

1.) No where on any of the temples or monuments, or anything that they have written their history on, does it state that they had a huge decline over night of population.

2.) No where did they leave anything behind, like linen, pottery, papyrus, nothing.

3.) They are not featured on any of the known labor sites in Egypt, not even mentioned on buildings that they supposedly help build in the story itself.

4.) All scalars, and archeologists agree that all the laborers were employed by the Pharaoh, and were paid with housing for their families near their projects, and food and beer.

5.) In the time when there were supposed Hebrews living in Egypt as slaves, especially in the bible talked about many horrible scenes where they were worked literally to death. There should of been some sort of tomb area, or cemetery for their bodies somewhere.

6.) Another thing, if Moses lived as the son of Set, who was the father of Ramses, then I’m sure he would of written it somewhere in his tomb, or at least the queen would of had it in hers, as in the story in the bible she loved him as her own, she killed the servant to protect the secret.

7.) If he was so important to the Queen, than we would of seen somewhere in her tomb Moses’s image, or a word with his name on it. But he can’t be found anywhere.

The Hebrews Savior

Moses, the Hebrews savior, who lead them to the promise land.
Moses, the Hebrews savior, who lead them to the promise land. | Source

Now we will examine the story of Exodus itself.

These facts are very hard to consider when you’re a Christian, I know this will make a lot of them mad. I’m not doing this to debunk the bible, I’m reporting on facts. It’s easy to dismiss these facts when you don’t want to see through your veil. That’s ok, I’m not writing this to please, or to hurt anyone. I’m writing this because this story is one of the most fascinating in the bible.

In the bible it stated that Set had made a decision to have all the new born babies of Egypt killed, the bible described it as a reason to show the might of the Pharaoh and to ensure his control of the people. Moses was put in a basket and put into the river to drift to safety. I don’t know much about baskets or water in a river, but I would assume that it would float until it took on water, and then sink... Killing baby Moses. Then he drifted to the Queen who then raised him as her own son. He thought he was a prince because no one had told him he was Hebrew, and he was accepted by the Pharaoh. I don’t know much about what might have happened back then, but I do know that from

what I learned of the Ancient Egyptians, they were very arrogant. They wouldn’t of raised an outsider, let alone if all the new born babies were being killed, this Pharaoh must not have a heart to spare a baby in a basket.

Another thing about the story that has me questioning whether it was real or not is the fact that Ramses lived until he was near 90 years old... In Exodus he was swallowed by the sea smashing down on him, now if I was running across the ocean bed and the water came down, I would be dead, so then how did Ramses live through that? Along with his men who were also swallowed up by the waves.

Another thing is, why is there no record of the population in Israel growing by thousands over night? There is no written record, other than what the bible says. I have done a lot of research, I’ve consulted a few people who know what they’re talking about and have studied these area’s in their life. I doubt that every single one of them had a biased opinion and said that Exodus didn’t happen just because they hate the bible. I don’t have a biased opinion, I have always been open minded to the truth, and as far as I can see there is no truth to this claim.

The Emerald Tablets.

The Emerald Tablets, that were said of been written by Thoth the God of Wisdom.
The Emerald Tablets, that were said of been written by Thoth the God of Wisdom. | Source

A little off topic, but I will return right after this...

Now after he got across the sea he wandered in the desert with his people for 40 years before finding salvation in the promise land, where he then went on a hilltop and heard God tell him all the commandments that were then written on stone tablets. Where are these tablets? They have never been found. Now in the book of Thoth, we hear of emerald tablets, with the words of Thoth himself. These are a real thing, that have been examined. They have been translated, and the translation can now be read, I will refer you to google and search “Emerald tablets translation” You need to make sure that you find a credible site. Other than that here are a few other things I have gathered, that is a little off topic.

Jewish monotheism was stolen from Egyptian Akhenaton

The Jewish creation was stolen from the Egyptian Creation

The Jewish Yahweh's use of the word to create was stolen from the Egyptians (Jewish Yaweh replaces Ptah)

"Let there be Light" was stolen from the Theban Creation epic.
The "firmament in the midst of the waters…" was stolen from the Egyptian Creation. The idea of the firmament was also used in the Sumerian cosmology model until 1600 when the telescope was invented.

Adam and Eve were stolen from the Egyptian Geb and Nut 5

Eve coming from Adam's rib was stolen from the Epic of Enki and

Ninhursag: "My brother what hurts thee?
"My rib hurts me"
ANET.
Ninti who's name means
"Lady of the Rib" cured Enki's rib6

Adam and Eve's punishment and loss of immortality were stolen from the Mesopotamian story of Adapa.

Jewish Cain, Abel and Seth were stolen from Osiris, Set and Horus8

The conflict between Cain and Abel was stolen from Set and Osiris and as the story goes on, it is later based upon the Sumerian Dumuzi and Enkimdu

Jewish Samson was stolen from Heracles,

The putting out of his eyes is based on Oedipus

The pulling down of the pillars was stolen from the Egyptian tale about Re-Herakhte

The Jewish story of Jacob and the Ladder was stolen from the Egyptian Funerary Rituals for the deceased King
"Hail to thee, O Ladder of God, Hail to thee, O Ladder of Set. Stand up O Ladder of God, Stand up O Ladder of Set, stand up O Ladder of Horus, whereon Osiris went forth into heaven.” “The Egyptian Ladder consisting of the bodies of two Egyptian deities upon which Osiris ascends into heaven, has been replaced by a ladder with several supernatural beings, angels, climbing up and down between earth and heaven."

Jewish Moses was stolen from several Gods and kings, depending on what stage of his life story:

Sargon (the birth and abandonment in the river, being rescued by royalty, etc)

The wanderings in the desert were based upon the Sun-God Bacchus as seen in the Hymns of Orpheus 12

The Hebrew stint of "40 years in the desert" claimed in the Jewish book of Exodus and the subsequent "40 day and 40 nights" wanderings in the desert of the Jewish Nazarene were stolen from:
"The struggle of Set and Horus in the desert lasted forty days, as commemorated in the forty days of the Egyptian Lent, during which time Set, as the power of drought and sterility, made war on Horus in the water and the buried germinating grain....These forty days have been extended into forty years, and confessedly so by the Jews."13

Jewish Joshua was stolen from the Egyptian Deities Shu and Nun.

Jewish Deborah was stolen from the Egyptian Goddess Neith

Jewish Noah was stolen from Sumerian The Epic of Ziusudra.
The Jewish God Yaweh in the Noah story replaced the Sumerian God Enlil

Noah's son Jewish Ham was stolen from Belus

Jewish Nimrod was stolen from the Egyptian Pharaoh Sesostris

Jewish Abraham was stolen from King Hariscandra of the Hindu Sankhayana-Sutras

Jewish Isaac was stolen from King Hariscandra's son Rohita
The fictitious Jewish God Yaweh in this story replaced the Hindu God Varuna

Jewish character Daniel was stolen from Egyptian Neferti

Jewish Jonah and the whale; Jonah was stolen from the Hindu character "Saktideva" found in the Somadeva Bhatta.

The "Twelve Tribes of Israel" like the Twelve Disciples of Christ are based upon the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

Jewish Lot and his wife were stolen from the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice
Jewish Yaweh replaces the Greek God Hades

Jewish Jacob and Jewish Esau were stolen from Horus and Set

Jewish Rebekah was stolen from The Egyptian Goddess Isis

Jewish Joseph with the eleven brothers was stolen from Egyptian Psammetichus

Jewish story of Joseph and Potipher's wife stolen from Egyptian Anubis and Bata

"The Ten Plagues" against Egypt were grossly exaggerated and altered and stolen from the Ipuwer Papyrus

The Ten commandments was stolen from The Code of Hammurabi Jewish Yaweh replaces the Sumerian Sun God Shamash aka Azazel

Jewish David killing Philistine Goliath were stolen from Thor throwing a hammer at Hrungnir and striking him in the forehead.

The Jewish Job was stolen from Ugaritic Keret and Jewish Yaweh replaces the God "El."

Now I will return to the topic of Exodus, and the story of Moses.

The Stone Tablets, with the Ten Commandments.

The stone Tablets, with the Ten Commandments written on them. Said to of been written by the hand of God.
The stone Tablets, with the Ten Commandments written on them. Said to of been written by the hand of God. | Source

The rest of the story, and my links to the truth.

Now we all know the story pretty well, the story to me sounds a lot like the story of Tuthmosis IV. The story goes that Tuthmosis was out hunting, he got tired and decided to rest in the shade of the Sphinx, he ended up falling asleep. In his sleep he heard the Sphinx speak to him, asking him to clear the sand away from it, and he shall rule as king. Legend has it, that he cleared the sand and he became Pharaoh. Legend also has it that the Emerald Tablets were hidden in a chamber up under the Sphinx.

People have come thousands of years later and saw that there is a closed chamber. It appears that the chamber is real, no one has opened it, and it’s said that no one knows for sure where the tablets came from. It is clear that it was written by the God of wisdom Thoth. It’s said they have keys to the universe in the translation. I will give you a link to the translation of the Emerald Tablets.

Moses went to a hilltop and received the message of what to write on stone tablets. Tuthmosis fell asleep and the Sphinx told him where to find them, there is much debate whether or not Tuthmosis was “Moses” Only because the names are similar. I personally think there is no way that Tuthmosis could be Moses, considering there is no evidence to support this.

I have also read in some articles that the bible said that Tuthmosis I apparently made an order for all newborn Hebrews be killed in Egypt, but there is no evidence of this anywhere on the walls in the temple of Tuthmosis I. And people have also said that his son Tuthmosis II was Moses, which there is no evidence of this either. I’m sorry to say this but as much as we try to make a correlation between two people in history doesn’t mean that they are them. The only thing that is evident is that the story of Moses, is similar to the story of Tuthmosis IV in the way they both found tablets.

That being said I will give links to all the resources I have in the search for the truth of Moses, and you can decide for yourself.

http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/dream-stele.html

http://www.crystalinks.com/emerald.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/staks-rosch/the-biblical-exodus-story-is-fiction_b_1408123.html

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4191

http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Judaism/2004/12/Did-The-Exodus-Really-Happen.aspx?p=1

I hope you enjoyed my hub, thank you :)

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    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Ta-iset

      Interesting hub. Sone good stuff here and you are right about the seeming lack of evidence but part of that is possibly because we've been looking in the wrong place!

      The Pharoah you mentioned (Ramses the great) is the wrong Pharoah! Ramses ruled around 1250 BC and was 150 years too late .

      The correct Pharoah is Thutmosis III who ruled from aroind 1470 BC to 1426 BC and had his oldest son die before him. The first 24 years of his reign he was co-regent with his mother and the story is very similar to the Bible account.

      I made the same mistake and was put right on an archaeological website about the Pharoah

      With regard to the actual Exodus you are right about no archaeological evidence but since the 1930's some scholars have pointed out that Sinai is the wrong area and the real place to look is what we now know as northern Saudi Arabia as from the description they said the Mount Sinai was volcanic (Saudi Arabia's northern mountains are volcanic) it is also the traditional ancient site that the church did change because Emperor Constantone's mother claimed Sinai was the place!

      Sadly the area is under military control and no one is allowed in so we can't prove it either way.

      I really liked the hub as it had some good points in.

      Lawrence

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      Ta-Iset 2 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      I agree, and I tried very hard not to make it sound like I was targeting. I am not targeting, It's hard to prove that when you have so much to provide, which tears it apart. I am just very passionate about learning about the Ancient Egyptian's not to mention many other religions, which brought me to the point where I put all the collaborations together and made a hub from it :) I'm actually proud of this one.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Excellent. I knew many scholars doubted the Exodus because in general there were 1) no signs of Hebrew slaves and 2) no signs of an army being destroyed by a crashing flood. But you have provided us with a lot of information, I wasn't even aware of the extent of the lack of evidence. You are also correct about this very strong influence Egyptian beliefs had on the Bible.

      I think it's time everyone just gave up the ghost on the idea that the Bible is a history book. It's clearly largely mythology, and has much more meaning taken as symbolism and allegory. It's when people try to insist that what it depicts actually happened that makes their argument fall apart.

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