Saturday, November 22, 2014

How Many People Were in the Exodus from Egypt?

OT numbers are often puzzling to modern readers. Sometimes they're round numbers, sometimes they're symbolic numbers, sometimes they're idiomatic descriptors.


  1. Interesting point of view, but I've read equally compelling arguments affirming the figures reported in the text as literal and accurate, plus I generally tend towards being skeptical of being skeptical of Biblical accounts, especially in "straight reporting" type texts.

    This isn't an argument of course, it's just one man's opinion.

    1. Assuming fidelity in textual transmission (and numbers are quite susceptible to mistranscription), I agree with you that the numbers are accurate. The question, though, is whether the terminology is idiomatic. Do we know what eleph means?