| I think it is also very important to recognize that if the Exodus
| was in the 13th - 12th centuries, the Song of Miriam in Exodus 15 is
| dated by competent biblical scholars to the 13th-12th centuries,
| making it an historical testimony which cannot easily be set aside,
| particularly by a lack of evidence on the other side.
By the Song of Miriam you mean Exodus 15:20-21? I'm curious how those
verses can be dated so precisely. What is involved in such an
| So, all in all, I still think it would be academically improper to
| argue from the lack of evidence that there was no Exodus. The
| biblical account may be telescoped and exaggeraated, but because of
| Ex 15 if nothing else, it cannot be set aside as totally probably
| false. Unless one rejects the 13th-12th century dating of the
| Exodus, I would go so far as to say that Ex 15 makes the event
| historically probable.
Just the two verses, or the whole chapter?
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