EWTN Catholic Q&A
Is the Exodus story really just folklore?
Question from Little.me on 11-03-2012:

Is it credible that 600,000 Hebrew warriors and their families (about 2,300,000 people), about 1/3 of the population of Egypt at the time, departed from Egypt and no reliable Egyptian record exists of this?

Is it credible that these 2,300,000 people spent 40 years in the desert but left no archaelogical footprint whatsoever?

Israel Finkelstein, chairman of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University, with archaeology historian Neil Asher Silberman, raise these questions in "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Text.

In short, is the Exodus story just folklore?

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 11-05-2012:

Ancient history, under tyranny and absolute monarchies, often only recorded what was favorable to the ruler or ruling power. It is not a stretch to imagine that a pharaoh would not have recorded such a humiliating defeat, or allowed such a record. Even in modern times, dictators control the press ansdmsupressnthe truth--even in America, it now appears, given the corruption of the mainstream media.

Father Echert

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