After 50 chapters of Genesis, it’s time to move on to Exodus. My study Bible claims that many portions of Exodus (as with Genesis) were written by Moses. However, many historical scholars will debate that. There are far too many inconsistencies for Moses to be the author of both Genesis and Exodus, let alone either. He, if he even existed at all, probably had nothing to do with writing these books.
Exodus tells us the story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt. My study Bible states the exodus out of Egypt took place 480 years before “the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel.” There is, however, a catch to all of this. This study Bible mentions several possible problems/inconsistencies with the date, but then concludes:
“In short, there are no compelling reasons to modify in any substantial way the traditional 1446 B.C. date for the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.”
In other words, the authors of this study Bible recognize the potential problems with the dating but then ignore all of that in favor of their beliefs. Well, that’s one approach! 🙂
Another interesting note about the dates is the time between Genesis (death of Joseph) and the exodus. According to the timeline in my Bible, Joseph died in 1805 B.C. but Moses wasn’t born until 1526 B.C. The exodus doesn’t take place until 1446 B.C. What happened in the 359 years in between? Where was God? Did nothing important happen in that time? This is another red flag in the accuracy of the Bible. Adding to this, Moses was 80 at the time of the exodus. 80!!! I find it very hard to believe an 80 year old man is going to lead a nation of people through horrible conditions (desert) to freedom, let along an 80 year old man living in biblical times with no modern medicine. The Bible would be much more believable if Moses were in his 20s or 30s at the time of the exodus.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 1: The Israelites Oppressed