The parting of the red sea is legendary today … and most people treat it as just that … legend.
Like many things in the Bible, the exodus from Egypt (recorded in the book Old Testament book of Exodus) is looked on with great scepticism by secular scholars – and some Christian scholars even.
The existence of Moses, mighty prophet and prince of Egypt.
The ten plagues that devastated that ancient civilisation.
The blood of the passover lamb protecting the houses of Israel from the plagues.
And, of course, the deliverance of the people of Israel en masse from the slavery in Egypt.
They all lack direct historical evidence outside the Bible.
So it’s just made up, right?
Well, sort of … not really!
- This episode is sponsored by Zondervan Academic’s new book ‘God of All Things’ by Andrew Wilson.
- Meet our guest, James Hoffmeier, Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology at Trinity International University, Divinity School (Deerfield, IL).
- Check out the new book Five Views on the Exodus: Historicity, Chronology and Theological Implications, which showcases (as it says on the packet) five different views on the Exodus, including Hoffmeier’s.
- Read Rick Watt’s “gamechanger” book, Isaiah’s New Exodus in Mark (the super expensive, textbook like one!)
- Connect the dots between The Exodus and the Gospels with John Dickon’s A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus.