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The short answer is “no.” the whole subject of the exodus is embarrassing to archaeologists. The exodus is so fundamental to us and our jewish how to get rid of sugar ants in the house sources that it is embarrassing that there is no evidence how to get rid of sugar ants in the house outside of the bible to support it. So we prefer not to talk about it, and hate to be asked about it.

For the account in the torah is the basis of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house our people’s creation, it is the basis of our existence and it is how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the basis of our important passover festival and the whole how to get rid of sugar ants in the house haggada that we recite on the first evening of this how to get rid of sugar ants in the house festival of freedom. So that makes archaeologists reluctant to have to tell our how to get rid of sugar ants in the house brethren and ourselves that there is nothing in egyptian records how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to support it. Nothing on the slavery of the israelites, nothing on the plagues that persuaded pharaoh to let them how to get rid of sugar ants in the house go, nothing on the miraculous crossing of the red sea, nothing.

The first is that the israelites were slave workers in how to get rid of sugar ants in the house mudbrick. They had to manufacture the material and they were semi-skilled workers in laying the bricks. As there were thousands of israelites, what projects were they working on? The pyramids and the temples were in stone, the mudbrick houses of the peasants were built by themselves, so what project needed hundreds of workers in mudbrick? Secondly, when the israelites escaped, it was during a period of turmoil brought on by how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the magical plagues, a period when the egyptians were off their guard and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house keen to see the slaves go as they wished into how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the desert.

When could that have been? And thirdly, the israelites escaped into the desert and there built a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house most luxurious portable shrine to their god, to accompany them through their long desert trek and to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house house the deity that would lead them and protect them how to get rid of sugar ants in the house on the way. It was to be made of fabulous materials, in hardwood and colored cloth with gold and copper trimmings, as described in detail in 16 chapters of the torah.

How could all that have been manufactured and assembled in how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the arid sinai wilderness? We should then ask, is there any period in egyptian history when the conditions how to get rid of sugar ants in the house for these three elements could have come together and thus how to get rid of sugar ants in the house formed a basis for the context and account of the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house exodus? And the answer here is “yes” – there was one such period.

It was around the death of the heretic pharaoh akhenaten, the one who decreed that all worship should be directed how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to the single god aten, the disc of the sun, and all other gods should be downgraded to secondary rank. To impose his new religious order, akhenaten closed the old cultic centers of saqqara and luxor, closed the temples there, disowned their priests and founded a new city, akhetaten, called the horizon of the aten, on a prime site well away from the old centers.

How could it have been built so quickly? It was said to have employed thousands of slaves working how to get rid of sugar ants in the house under military taskmasters. It was the largest mudbrick project in egyptian history and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house it required thousands of bricklayers and millions of bricks. It employed the army to supervise the slave workers and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house force them to work as fast as the pharaoh demanded.

Thanks to slave labor, akhenaten’s model city was built in record time, but it did not last long. After only 16 years, akhenaten died, his reforms had been deeply unpopular and when he died, his new religion was abandoned, and so was his city. Akhenaten and his beautiful wife nefertiti had had no son, only six daughters, and so it was one of the sons-inlaw who succeeded him: tutankhamun, the famous boy king tut.

He had the onerous task of restoring the old order, the old religion, the old gods and their priests, and he was under threat if he did not do how to get rid of sugar ants in the house so. The restitution stele says that the old gods would punish how to get rid of sugar ants in the house him if they were not given back their old rights how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and positions.

Hapi, the androgynous god of the nile, would make its waters undrinkable; kermit, the goddess of fertility, would release her frogspawn to swarm over the land; osiris, the god of corn, would not prevent the locusts from consuming his cereals, and ra, the sun god, would refuse to shine. Sound familiar? The laws of succession had already been altered, there was no firstborn son to succeed akhenaten, only a daughter and son-in-law.

As the new city was abandoned, there was breakdown in law and order and the israelite how to get rid of sugar ants in the house slaves saw their chance to escape. Like the other departing inhabitants they took with them any how to get rid of sugar ants in the house treasure they could lay their hands on. They “despoiled the egyptians” (exodus 12:36) and marched off with precious materials and above all the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house battle shrine of tutankhamun.

Every pharaoh had a portable battle shrine, to go with him into war, so he could consult the deity and look to it how to get rid of sugar ants in the house for guidance on the field. Tutankhamun did not go to war, as far as we know, but he had to be ready and he had a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house war chariot, as one was figured on his furniture, so he would have had a battle shrine as well, but none was found among the luxurious treasures of his how to get rid of sugar ants in the house tomb when it was uncovered by howard carter in 1922.

And what was its form? We can assume that it was similar to that of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house ramesses the great, whose battle shrine is depicted on the walls of his how to get rid of sugar ants in the house temple at abu simbel. It was a two-chamber movable building set in a large courtyard; the inner chamber was square and contained the ark of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house a deity protected by two winged birds, and the outer room was twice as large, for the worshipping priests.

That of tutankhamun was taken by the fleeing israelites and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house converted by artisans bezalel and oholiab, as instructed by moses, to become the portable mishkan or tabernacle, that accompanied them through the wilderness and landed up at how to get rid of sugar ants in the house shiloh, in canaan. Thus it was made of the finest material, as was everything else that tutankhamun left behind, including furniture with carrying poles and a golden chest surrounded how to get rid of sugar ants in the house by cherubim. Sound familiar? THUS, AT the death of akhenaten we have a situation in how to get rid of sugar ants in the house egypt where the three major conditions of the israelite account how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of the exodus came together; the building of a vast mudbrick project; a period of unrest and turmoil when slaves could escape; and the foundation of the mishkan in the shape of how to get rid of sugar ants in the house a luxury battle shrine. The date of the death of akhenaten is placed at how to get rid of sugar ants in the house about 1330 BCE, and tutankhamun came to the throne the same year. Was that then the date of the exodus? Dating is a tricky subject and it is difficult to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house see how the hebrew bible can give us exact dates, for how were they counted in antiquity? But the bible gives us two hard dates. One is that the children of israel were in egypt how to get rid of sugar ants in the house for exactly 430 years, from entry to exodus (exodus 12:40). If the exodus was 1330 BCE, the entry would have been in 1760 CE. That of course is too early for jacob and his how to get rid of sugar ants in the house 12 sons, and the rabbis themselves have rejected that period of 430 how to get rid of sugar ants in the house years and reduced it to 210 years in the passover how to get rid of sugar ants in the house haggada, to relate it more logically to the four generations from how to get rid of sugar ants in the house jacob to levi, to kehot, to amram, to moses. But it works with the idea that the israelites came how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to egypt with the semitic hyksos, as proposed by josephus flavius, the early jewish historian, and that event is placed by scholars at around 1750 how to get rid of sugar ants in the house BCE.

The other “fixed” biblical date is that the solomonic temple was built 480 how to get rid of sugar ants in the house years after the exodus (I kings 6:1). That is a nominal date as the author will have how to get rid of sugar ants in the house counted 12 generations and multiplied them by the biblical reckoning how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of 40 years per generation. But that figure is too high, as a generation, for even in biblical times it was more like 30 how to get rid of sugar ants in the house years. If we then say 12 generations make up 360 years, then 360 years after 1330 is 970 BCE. The temple is dated by most scholars to around 950 how to get rid of sugar ants in the house BCE, so 970 BCE is not a bad fit.

Evidence or not for the exodus? Evidence there is none, but we can see that there was one period in how to get rid of sugar ants in the house egyptian history when such an event could have taken place, one period when the three major conditions suggested by the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house biblical account came together and could have given it plausibility. And that would make akhenaten the pharaoh of the oppression how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and young tutankhamun the pharaoh of the exodus. And the date? That would be around 1330 BCE.

As I’ve been saying all along, chronicles absolutely proves there was no israelite captivity in egypt how to get rid of sugar ants in the house nor an exodus, the jews just made up the whole thing. It’s fantasy. Maybe alternative earth history science fiction just as british israelism how to get rid of sugar ants in the house worst science fiction ever.

Therefore, as you day, dennis, there is no valid passover, no valid days of unleavened bread and the new testament how to get rid of sugar ants in the house was based on lies, deceptions and myth, twisted and perverted by the apostle paul, not that that matters, since most of the books were forged, authors unknown, written decades after the fact by people who couldn’t have know a jesus if he existed and summed how to get rid of sugar ants in the house up by a really stupidly weird book of horror fantasy how to get rid of sugar ants in the house based on wishful thinking directed at the hated roman empire how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and an emperor or two.

There is not one iota of respect that we can how to get rid of sugar ants in the house have for any of the armstrongist leaders, since they are organizers of sects of a cult which how to get rid of sugar ants in the house has no business existing — except to be in the business of existing for the how to get rid of sugar ants in the house sake of salaries and for some retirement as well as how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the perk of being worshipped and adored by those who how to get rid of sugar ants in the house would be their narcissistic source.

No, no, anon. A myth doesn’t have to be true, but people have to believe it is. A disclaimer would have robbed the hebrew myth of its how to get rid of sugar ants in the house function. By "myth" I don’t mean "a false story, a cosmic error." I mean "a grand story that explains the origins of a people how to get rid of sugar ants in the house and/or their place in the universe." people have to see the myth as a background to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house hold their life up against, or maybe a framework to hang it on. If they read or hear it as a quaint piece how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of oral literature from a bygone age, with a merely metaphoric relation to their lives, or none at all, they have no foundation for relating to the world. For that matter, they may see no way to relate to each other. When a girl in the second college I attended discovered how to get rid of sugar ants in the house I did not subscribe to her myth and was unsure how to get rid of sugar ants in the house whether any god actually existed or not, her next question was, "then how can you ever love anybody?"

The myth clung to by most modern educated persons is how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the two-chapter big bang/process of evolution narrative. It is based on facts, and is credible enough in broad outline for scientists such how to get rid of sugar ants in the house as the late carl sagan and neil degrasse tyson to how to get rid of sugar ants in the house persuade many followers to accept it as a true picture how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of their place in the universe. As reported recently on this blog, not everyone is in agreement on the matter. Some theorists are reinterpreting the observed facts to propose variants how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of and/or alternatives to the "classic" big bang narrative. We can’t be sure yet until more facts are discovered and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house more calculations are performed how closely any of the proposed how to get rid of sugar ants in the house narratives approximate our actual situation and its background. The thing to keep in mind is that the stories how to get rid of sugar ants in the house give some people a framework for their lives. The good news is, there is no reason any of them should keep us how to get rid of sugar ants in the house from loving somebody.

This is one more post, one more area that perfectly illustrates one poignant fact which how to get rid of sugar ants in the house emerged as I returned to christianity several years back: no matter what area you examine, if you are doing your due diligence deeply, you are going to discover that there are simply too how to get rid of sugar ants in the house many variables to allow for a system of strict legalism, for knowing all of the answers, or for having a precise understanding of prophecy. Yet, armstrongism gets away with committing all of these serious errors how to get rid of sugar ants in the house in precariously building its house of cards on sand, in a direct attempt to establish absolute control over its how to get rid of sugar ants in the house membership. They make an end run around established facts and unclear how to get rid of sugar ants in the house areas, even introducing plagiarized theories, by declaring their leader (or later, leaders) into all-knowing apostles who disseminate revealed truth. There is zero evidence supporting the validity of such "apostleships", and they vigorously repudiate all evidence against! We have forensically dissected and presented all of this, yet some refuse to either examine or consider it.

It wouldn’t be quite so bad if they didn’t then use their system to override the general principles how to get rid of sugar ants in the house which are an integral part of christian living. Unfortunately, all of their eisegesis and proof texting are very convincing how to get rid of sugar ants in the house to a certain percentage of the general population. After all, once someone has convinced you that you have ultimate truth, you no longer look for further evidence or answers. The special 20-20 bias confirmation filters which they have carefully crafted for how to get rid of sugar ants in the house you only allow in information which supports what you have how to get rid of sugar ants in the house already come to believe.

Israel finkelstein is condemned by his scholarly peers as a how to get rid of sugar ants in the house "showman." to wit: "it is impossible to summarize israel finkelstein’s latest book, the forgotten kingdom, in a brief review because its numerous errors, misrepresentations, over-simplifications and contradictions make it too unwieldy. Specialists will know these flaws, since all of finkelstein’s pivotal views have been published elsewhere. Here I can only alert unwary BAR readers that this how to get rid of sugar ants in the house book is not really about sound historical scholarship: it is all about theater. Finkelstein is a magician, conjuring a “lost kingdom” by sleight-of-hand, intending to convince readers that the illusion is real and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house expecting that they will go away marveling at how clever how to get rid of sugar ants in the house the magician is. Finkelstein was once an innovative scholar, pioneering new methods; now he has become a showman." by dr. William G. Dever, who is professor emeritus of near eastern archaeology and anthropology how to get rid of sugar ants in the house at the university of arizona. Prior to that he served for four years as director how to get rid of sugar ants in the house of the american school of oriental research in jerusalem (now the albright institute of archaeological research). A world-renowned archaeologist, professor dever has dug at numerous sites in jordan and how to get rid of sugar ants in the house israel. He served as director of the major excavations at gezer how to get rid of sugar ants in the house from 1966 to 1971.

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