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PinotPete wrote: The reality is that there is no evidence whatsoever that the Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt. Yes, there's the story contained within the bible itself, but that's not a remotely historically admissible source. I'm talking about real proof; archeological evidence, state records and primary sources. Of these, nothing exists.

If one believes there's no God, and the Bible/Torah is nothing more than fairy tales, your premise may hold water. Fortunately for the Jews and unfortunately for you, there's non-Biblical history to provide clues.

Public works were an ongoing activity in Egypt through the millennia. According to the archaeological record, workers were not customarily slaves but paid laborers. Thus, Egypt would have drawn workers from near and far. The Hebrews, starting with, say, Joseph's people, would doubtless have been one of the laboring peoples. Time passes, and the Egyptians begin to depend on Hebrew labor and skills.

At some point, the Hebrews decide to pick up stakes and move on; to settle in their own land. Perhaps Moses had gone out to look around and had come back with stories about this great place called Canaan.

The Egyptians stood to take a big hit in their labor pool and said, "No, you have to serve out your contract first." The Hebrews said, "Sorry, no," with Moses saying, "Let my people go." The rest, as they say, is history. The Bible added the drama.
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