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Reli 103 Midterm Exam Potential Essay Questions 1. In as much detail as possible, discuss the evidence that scholars have adduced in support of the “Documentary Hypothesis” (for the Pentateuch) 2. In as much detail as possible, discuss the reasons some scholars have come to question the historical accuracy of the biblical accounts of the exodus. The historical value of the Book of Exodus is questioned by most scholars due to a lack of outside evidence to support the narrative and the miraculous nature of the story. Even not trying to explain miraculous events (Red Sea, plagues, manna and quail, etc.), the evidence is slim. **--No evidence of any slave population in Egypt, nor of the destruction of the army, nor of the leaving of any large group of people. We have very good Egyptian records and nothing mentions anything correlated to the story of Exodus. Best argument. --No evidence for Israel in historical record until 13 th century BCE. --Israel said to have built Ramses and Pithon—emperor was Ramses II—we have his tomb. --70 people to 1 million people in 4 generations, impossible. Probably much smaller group. --Despite many historical inaccuracies (impossibilities), still possible a small tribe came out of Egypt to become Israel (ignoring miracles) Conclusion—the scale of the story isn’t historically accurate, as it would very likely be corroborated by Egyptian sources. However, the point of the Book of Exodus isn’t in its historical value, as it is the saving of the children of Israel and their role as his chosen people (ie. follow laws). 3. In as much detail as possible, discuss the historical problems raised by the accounts of the conquest of Canaan in Joshua. 4.
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