Modern Scepticism; A Course of Lectures Delivered at the Request of the Christian Evidence Society

Modern Scepticism; A Course of Lectures Delivered at the Request of the Christian Evidence Society

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... therefore the numbers to be sound, to have come to us as they were delivered by Moses, let us inquire what the great difficulties are of which so much has been made, and see if they are really so insuperable. In the first place, as to the multiplication in Egypt. Now here, before we can form any judgment, two things have to be determined--" What was the number of the Israelites when they entered Egypt," and "What was the duration of their stay there?" What was their number when they entered Egypt? We are commonly told, "seventy souls." Now, no doubt, these words occur in Scripture, "All the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." But, when we come to look into details, we find first, that the seventy souls of Jacob's descendants comprise only two women, the married daughters and Gen. xlvi. 27; compare Ex. i. 5. grand-daughters of Jacob not being mentioned, who yet, we are told, followed the migrations of the tribe, and no account being taken of the wives of his sons and grandsons. Supplying these omissions, we have for the family of Jacob as it entered Egypt, the number 267, instead of the number seventy, or nearly four times the ordinary estimate. But this is far from being all. The children of Israel entered Egypt with their households, or retainers.! What the size of a patriarchal household was we may gather from the history of Abraham, who had 318 trained servants born in his house, capable of active military service. It has been well observed that "we shall scarcely find so many in a clan of three thousand souls." J Jacob's retainers are likely to have been more numerous rather than less numerous than those of Abraham; and the conclusion of Kurtz, more

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