You weren’t kidding when you mentioned that some of the reading may challenge us. The first few pages of the reading for this week has really struck me. The author of the essay says that the Exodus account in the Bible “…must have involved fewer people than the exaggerated biblical numbers… Given the lack of historical data, it is impossible to say more,” (JSB p. 2050). He mentions that fact that their is little extra-biblical information on some of the events/names/places that are mentioned in the Bible. He is well-researched and knowledgable I’m sure by I am curious if he is venturing too far from the basis of our relationship with God… faith. It seems to me like he is very quick to discredit some of the scriptures for their lack of support in secular sources. I am anxious to read the rest of the assigned reading and see what else strikes a nerve.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. He is presenting his case and I just want to hear what some of you other folks are thinking.