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Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective

Part of the series Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences pp 243-258

Moses the Magician

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Abstract

Exodus 1–15 repeatedly shows familiarity with Egyptian traditions: the biblical motifs of the hidden divine name, turning an inanimate object into a reptile, the conversion of water to blood, a spell of 3 days of darkness, the death of the firstborn, the parting of waters, and death by drowning are all paralleled in Egyptian texts, and, for the most part, nowhere else.