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    Will the real date of the Exodus please stand out.

    There are 5 dates for the Exodus.

    About 1250 BCE the widely held historical date.
    About 1312 BCE the orthodox Jewish calendar date.
    About 1450 BCE the conservative Christian Biblical date. (1 Kings 6:1 ref 480 years)
    About 1540 BCE a very early date based on Acts 13:16-22 (with 1 Kings 2:11) calc 570 years.
    About 2450 BCE a very early date - an archaeological based date. (I've not read the book.)

    Here is what I know, the 1 Kings 6:1 has been given different values, the LXX has 440 years for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 37818 View Post
    There are 5 dates for the Exodus.

    About 1250 BCE the widely held historical date.
    About 1312 BCE the orthodox Jewish calendar date.
    About 1450 BCE the conservative Christian Biblical date. (1 Kings 6:1 ref 480 years)
    About 1540 BCE a very early date based on Acts 13:16-22 (with 1 Kings 2:11) calc 570 years.
    About 2450 BCE a very early date - an archaeological based date. (I've not read the book.)

    Here is what I know, the 1 Kings 6:1 has been given different values, the LXX has 440 years for example.
    The date 1450 BCE is popular amongst some literalist Christians due to the mentioned reference in 1 Kings 6:1 and a dating of the Temple construction around 970-960 BCE. This, however, presents other problems for the literalist. For example, the cities Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, mentioned in Exodus 1:11, didn't exist in the 15th Century BCE. This would also place the Exodus during the reign of Thutmose III, a wildly successful pharaoh who enjoyed a long and prosperous kingship-- he doesn't seem to be an ideal candidate for the Pharaoh of the Exodus.

    The 1250 BCE date makes better sense of the mentions of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, but suffers from a similar issue, as this would place the Exodus in the middle of the reign of Rameses II, whose 66 years on the throne made him the longest serving king in Egypt's 3000 year history. His reign is extremely well known, incredibly prosperous, and shows no signs of having been marred by such an incredibly embarrassing event as the Exodus would have been.

    I'm not very familiar with the arguments for or against the other dates.

    EDIT: The 1540 BCE date is interesting, as that would coincide with Ahmose I's victory over the Hyksos to restore ethnic Egyptian rule. Given the philological relationship between Ahmose and Moses, I wonder if there's a case to be made that the Exodus was a highly mythologized version of this ejection of Semitic peoples from Egypt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxing Pythagoras View Post
    The date 1450 BCE is popular amongst some literalist Christians due to the mentioned reference in 1 Kings 6:1 and a dating of the Temple construction around 970-960 BCE. This, however, presents other problems for the literalist. For example, the cities Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, mentioned in Exodus 1:11, didn't exist in the 15th Century BCE. This would also place the Exodus during the reign of Thutmose III, a wildly successful pharaoh who enjoyed a long and prosperous kingship-- he doesn't seem to be an ideal candidate for the Pharaoh of the Exodus.

    The 1250 BCE date makes better sense of the mentions of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, but suffers from a similar issue, as this would place the Exodus in the middle of the reign of Rameses II, whose 66 years on the throne made him the longest serving king in Egypt's 3000 year history. His reign is extremely well known, incredibly prosperous, and shows no signs of having been marred by such an incredibly embarrassing event as the Exodus would have been.

    I'm not very familiar with the arguments for or against the other dates.

    EDIT: The 1540 BCE date is interesting, as that would coincide with Ahmose I's victory over the Hyksos to restore ethnic Egyptian rule. Given the philological relationship between Ahmose and Moses, I wonder if there's a case to be made that the Exodus was a highly mythologized version of this ejection of Semitic peoples from Egypt.
    I'm a literalist. I also believe 480 years in 1 Kings 6:1 is likely a textual error as well. There is evidence this is likely (LXX 440 years for example).

    You cited that ". . . the cities Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, mentioned in Exodus 1:11, didn't exist in the 15th Century BCE." I have not looked at that problem. Wouldn't it also be a problem for 1540 BCE?

    Also the 400 years was not all in Egypt. But from Genesis 21:9 to the exodus and giving of the Law to Moses. (Yes, this is an interpretation base on the 430 years being from Abram Genesis 12: to the exodus and the giving of the Law to Moses (see Galatians 3:17).) Also there are known variant readings of Exodus 12:40.
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    I've been interested in a discussion which puts Exodus at 1585BC. Such a year is calculated from the number of years calculated from scriptures using an apparently consistent fashion of inclusion of exiled years into an adjusted biblical chronology. I've seen this year being described as a strong fit to the standard (or, sometimes only, adjusted standard) historical timeline of the peoples and places involved in the biblical account.

    Thus far I have not read scholarly documents to see what has been considered there. It would be interesting to see which directions the conversation have gone.

    Two interesting articles I've looked at are:
    http://ldolphin.org/barrychron.html
    http://ldolphin.org/alanm/exod2b.html

    The latter article compares the percentage match ups of proposed Exodus years against the chronology of locations identified through archaeology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 37818 View Post
    I'm a literalist. I also believe 480 years in 1 Kings 6:1 is likely a textual error as well. There is evidence this is likely (LXX 440 years for example).
    The LXX's 440 years would also place the Exodus prior to the founding of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses. The only date from your original list which would work with the mention of these cities would be 1250 BCE. Of course, this does rely on the assumption that the "Pithom and Rameses" mentioned in Exodus actually are references to the treasure cities of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxing Pythagoras View Post
    The LXX's 440 years would also place the Exodus prior to the founding of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses. The only date from your original list which would work with the mention of these cities would be 1250 BCE. Of course, this does rely on the assumption that the "Pithom and Rameses" mentioned in Exodus actually are references to the treasure cities of Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses.
    The LXX date is evidence that the 480 date may not be correct. Adam Clarke cites Clemens Alexandrinus giving it 570. Acts 13:16-22 with 1 Kings 2:11, we can calculate, 570 (40 + 450 + 40 + 40).

    Also there was an area of land was called Rameses in the time of Joseph (Genesis 47:11). And there are real disagreements to those locations in Exodus 1:11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxing Pythagoras View Post
    The date 1450 BCE is popular amongst some literalist Christians due to the mentioned reference in 1 Kings 6:1 and a dating of the Temple construction around 970-960 BCE. This, however, presents other problems for the literalist. For example, the cities Pi-Atum and Pi-Rameses, mentioned in Exodus 1:11, didn't exist in the 15th Century BCE.

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    why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanriver View Post
    why not?
    Archaeological and Egyptological evidence give us very strong evidence for when these cities were built and occupied. The name of the city Pi-Rameses, alone, gives us a rather big clue as to dating, since it means "the House of Rameses." The city was one of the major construction projects of Rameses II in the 13th Century BCE. If the Bible is accurate in claiming that the Hebrews were making bricks for that city, then the Exodus could not have occurred earlier than 1250 BCE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxing Pythagoras View Post
    Archaeological and Egyptological evidence give us very strong evidence for when these cities were built and occupied. The name of the city Pi-Rameses, alone, gives us a rather big clue as to dating, since it means "the House of Rameses." The city was one of the major construction projects of Rameses II in the 13th Century BCE. If the Bible is accurate in claiming that the Hebrews were making bricks for that city, then the Exodus could not have occurred earlier than 1250 BCE.
    as far as the Bible goes, the name "Rameses (or Ramses) was in use a few hundred years before the Exodus account (remember the Joseph story)
    In Genesis 47:11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
    So we cannot assume the city was named after Rameses II (The Great)

    ok, I pulled up my old vcr set of 'HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT' , lecturer Professor Bob Brier
    ...wow, he had black hair in the lecture series... oh well, its an old set

    and in Lecture 30 'Ramses the Great--The Early Years' , Prof Brier informs us that the 'RA' part refers to the sun god RA, and the mes or meses ....or Moses for example, (an Egyptian name, not a Hebrew name) means begotten of, so the Rameses kings were named 'begotten of Ra'

    and the cities could have been built under Rameses I (that would be grandfather of Rameses II, not father

    even Wiki notes that :
    Pi-Ramesses (/pɪər.ɑːmɛs/); (Pi-Ramesses Aa-nakhtu, meaning "House of Ramesses, Great in Victory")[1] was the new capital built by the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt Pharaoh Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great, reigned 12791213 BC) at Qantir, near the old site of Avaris. The city had previously served as a summer palace under Seti I (c. 12901279 BC), and may have been originally founded by Ramesses I (c. 12921290 BC) while he served under Horemheb.
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