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5 Folklore does not work in such an indiscriminating manner. These narratives of geologic changes, persistently repeated in the above and many other similar passages in connection with the time of the Exodus, must have had some underlying experience that molded and remolded. The experience, according Scriptures, was so majestic and terrible that even after a long folklore succeeding generations line of could not be forgotten. it remembrance my song in the night: Will the Lord Hath God forgotten to be gracious?

The fugitives, after their escape, entered a desert, a desolate The Book of Exodus relates that a pillar of smoke went wasteland. before them by day and a pillar of fire by night. A simple explanation of this portent has been found: at the head of wandering cam- vans a torch moving move usually carried lifted high to show the way to the Because of the heat of tho day, caravans prefer to is train. and tho burning and smoking pitch is intended to prevent anyone from being lost and to frighten the beasts of the at night, desert 11 Although this explanation is the one that is accepted and found in numerous Bible dictionaries, it is too simple.

W. G. , 1941), p, 111. " This divergence of opinion has not been settled after nineteen centuries, though modern scholars have probably not always been aware that they repeated an old controversy. The neglect of early : Christian sources seemed justifiable: did not Augustine and Prometheus contemporaries? The make Moses 4 identification of the Israelites with the Hyksos was many times accepted 5 and as often rejected. Even today a group among the historians maintains that the Exodus took place at the very beginning of the Eighteenth Dynasty and that the story of the Exodus is but an echo of the expulsion of the Hyksos.

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