Israelite slavery and plunder

Since childhood, many of us have been subjected repeatedly to the biblical story of the poor, downtrodden Hebrew “slaves” of the Exodus, who had to flee Egypt while being chased by the wicked old pharaoh. Not only is there no scientific evidence for such an event, but how many people have been told that the “poor, downtrodden” Israelites themselves had slaves?

“As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round about you.” Leviticus 25:44

And Hebrew ones as well?

“When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing.” Exodus 21:2

Then there’s the little factor of the biblical god Yahweh beating the Egyptians into submission with a series of plagues, until few of them are left. Those who remain happily hand over all their booty to the fleeing Hebrews, who gladly carry tons of treasure with them on their 40-year ordeal in the desert:

“…each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and of her who sojourns in her house, jewelry of silver and of gold, and clothing, and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters; thus you shall despoil the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:22

What is wrong with the above scenario?

Further Reading

Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver

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  1. Very good comment, but much too short – the whole story of Israelite colonization of Palestine (Canaan) is one of God-endorsed pillage and enslavement. Yet the Bible is touted as a source of high moral guidance. For whom? Nazis?

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