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The Exodus Story was about Freedom of Religion, Not Slavery

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This essay includes excerpts from the forthcoming book series, "God Doesn't Belong to Anyone: The World Before Religion & How We Got Here" (c) Barry Brown, 2011. More information is presented on the website for the book, http://www.shalomaste.com

"The further you look into the past, the further you can see into the future," Winston Churchill.

THE EXODUS STORY WAS NOT ABOUT SLAVERY

By Barry Brown

A Historic View of the story of Passover

For centuries, the Biblical story of the Exodus has been told and re-told in song, movies, plays and stories as one of a people long suffering in cruel slavery who are led to freedom through the power of God and the prophet Moses.

However, this is a complete misunderstanding of the Biblical text. It is because of this misunderstanding that there are many apparent contradictions in the text, and it is because of this historical misdirection that archaeologists and other researchers have found no historical evidence for the traditional telling of the story.

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Moses' famous half-sentence

The first words Moses speaks to the Pharaoh (Ex. 5:1) clearly tell us this story is not about slavery, it is about freedom of religion.

Most people remember the first half of what Moses said, "Let my people go," but not the rest of the sentence. "Let my people go so that we may hold a festival to (our) God in the desert."

Moses' statement raises three questions. The first and obvious one is:

1. Moses' statement implies he is only asking for a religious holiday and that his people will return to work afterwards. When does he ask for an end to slavery?

The other two questions are:

2. Why don't they hold their festival in one of the many Hebrew temples in ancient Egypt?

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Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and author Barry Brown served for many years as the Canada News Chief and Correspondent for major U.S. and international news organizations. In all, he has written more than 3,000 articles for +100 news services (more...)
 

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Wow! The story of Exodus never made sense before n... by Barry Brown on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 6:52:00 AM
One can write volumes of description and conclusio... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:14:09 AM
Thank you for taking the time to read my essay and... by Barry Brown on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 10:36:52 AM
And your writing did raise some interesting questi... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:38:23 PM
Thank you again for your engagement on this topic.... by Barry Brown on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 2:38:35 PM
And many other rivers.Iraq (and part of Syria) is ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 4:41:10 PM
Quite true. But Syria and the land of Abraham (Ur ... by Barry Brown on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 5:45:38 PM
Ur is not East from Mesopotamia but is East from C... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 7:01:24 PM
Thank you again. I'm not sure what you mean by the... by Barry Brown on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:18:53 PM
In Exodus 30:23 God instructs Moses to use 250 she... by Garry Minor on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:46:41 AM
That Kaneh bosm is Cannabis? In what language?... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:22:28 PM