The Exodus from Egypt

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The Exodus from Egypt Throughout history there have been many events that have played an important role to humanity, such as World War I and World War II. However, many years before these events took place, a historical fact known today as the Exodus of the Jews, which for most people has been the most significant event along history, occurred in Egypt. The Exodus from Egypt was the escape by the Hebrews (also called Israelites) from slavery in Egypt. It was central to the Jewish experience because it represented the birth of the Israeli nation and also because during this period, the Lord or Yahweh manifested itself as their only true God. In this paper I am going to retell the major events during the exodus from Egypt, and explain its importance to the Jews experience. To understand correctly the story of the exodus, or the escape of the Israelites from Egypt and its’ importance to the Jewish experience, we have to start from the beginning. The Hebrews or Israelites originated in Mesopotamia and migrated to Canaan, nevertheless, these, in turn, according to the bible journeyed from Canaan to Egypt seeking from food. They stayed in Egypt for a long time, and as a result the number of Israelites living in Egypt became vastly large in population. This upset the pharaoh because he then feared that the Israelites would become powerful enough to upset his rule. He felt threatened and wanted to gain his power so much so, that in order to prevent this he made the Israelites into slaves. Fearing to become permanent slaves, [the Israeli people] "They cried for help, and God heard them." (Ex 2:23) According to the Bible, God asked Moses, an Israelite who had been raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter, to ask the Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt. However, the pharaoh refused and as result a series of divine signs, including ten plagues, struck the Egyptians. After
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