Goshen of Arabia: Delivering Egypt from the Exodus

By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat If the Exodus of the Israelites was a historic story, then…

By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

If the Exodus of the Israelites was a historic story, then certainly it didn’t happen in historical Egypt …  

The Hebrew Bible is a e-book of misinterpreted geography and historical Arabia, not modern-day Palestine, is the misplaced biblical land. This could be a bit laborious to digest at first, however make no mistake Historical Arabia is the homeland of all of the Israelite tales, most of all of the story of the Exodus.

Abrahim or Ivrahim in Arabic & Hebrew, Joseph/Youssef, Moses/ Musa, Solomon, David/Dawood, Nehemiah, and Zachariah are all names of historical Arabian patriarchal figures shrouded in distant delusion greater than in actual historical past.

Do you know that the Queen of Sheba who had essentially the most intriguing biblical journey with King Solomon was a Yemenite monarch? in different phrases, an historical Arabian queen.

And if Queen of Sheba had managed the incense commerce route in historical Arabia, the place would that place the Jewish kingdom, geographically talking, that’s? One factor to keep in mind although, present-day Jerusalem didn’t lie on the traditional incense commerce route.

The land stretching from Southwestern Arabia to North Yemen is the misplaced biblical land of the Cannan Tribe, the true Jerusalem ( Wager Salem), Gesem ( Goshen of Arabia), and most of all, Mizraim ( misinterpreted because the land of historical Egypt)

What biblical students are lacking is the truth that the biblical tales of the Israelites are merely historical Arabian folklore and mythology. They’re historical Arabian oral traditions that had nothing to do with any bible or testomony whether or not outdated or new. Most significantly these historical Arabian tales had completely nothing to do with historical Egypt nor its kings.

Linking the tales of the Israelites with historical Egypt is solely unfaithful and misleading. The pretend hyperlink between the 2 ought to be undone. The entire historical past of the traditional close to east will stay twisted and ambiguous until historical Egypt is disentangled from the Israelite tales and plagues.

It’s heartwarming to lately witness a rising western pattern that acknowledges Saudi Arabia and never Egypt as the unique land of the mount of Moses … In spite of everything, in Galatians 4:25, Paul the apostle had confirmed that Sinai is a mountain in historical Arabia, and never in Egypt. It’s a step ahead towards realizing the hidden fact behind the story of the Exodus. Nonetheless, extra analysis must be carried out to lastly take the entire story of Exodus out of historical Egypt.

Avaris – Inform El Daba’a

One of many key phrases within the story of the Exodus is Goshen. Typically taken without any consideration and easily ignored Goshen will stay a flagrant inconsistency within the biblical narrative in regards to the Exodus.

The land of “Goshen” is known as within the Hebrew Bible because the place in Egypt given to the Israelites by the pharaoh of Joseph (Genesis 45:9–10), and the land from which they later left Egypt on the time of the Exodus.

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For the sake of comfort, and since biblical students & historians needed to find it in Egypt, the title of King Ramses II and his metropolis has been a prime contender to behave because the biblical land of Goshen. A wild guess that has additionally confirmed archeologically unsubstantiated, for the land of Ramses within the Hebrew Bible is solely a flawed translation

“And Joseph positioned his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession within the land of Mizraim (Egypt), in the very best of the land, within the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded” Genesis 47:11

Thankfully, we all know rather a lot in regards to the metropolis of Rameses, trendy Inform el-Daba (Avaris) within the northeastern Nile delta, because it has been excavated virtually constantly since 1966. What historic information have been discovered there to corroborate the story of the Exodus at historical Rameses? Precisely nothing.

If the Israelites lived in Egypt for nearly 430 years certainly archeologists ought to have stumbled upon a trove of Israelite finds within the historical metropolis of Ramses, however once more nothing was discovered.

It appears as if biblical archeologists are digging within the fallacious place. That’s the hidden fact behind the persistent silence of Egypt in regards to the Exodus, the Ten Plagues, or any Israelites for that matter.

The absence of any archeological finds to validate the historicity of the Exodus is such a heavy burden that ought to not completely relaxation on the shoulders of archeologists. Biblical students and the way they interpret the language of the Bible are accountable right here within the first place.

Nearly all biblical students learn a translated/distorted model of the Hebrew Bible that had been subjected to a variety of transliteration and variation. Few are those that return to the traditional Hebrew/Aramaic model and even the Greek model, aka the Septuagint Bible because it was the primary & oldest to be translated into Greek within the 3rd century BC. That mentioned, I may safely enterprise to say that every one the western translations had primarily relied on the Septuagint as its prime supply.

In line with the Septuagint, Goshen is particularly positioned not in Egypt, or on the metropolis of Ramses as biblical students speculate, however surprisingly within the coronary heart of Arabia:

In Gen 45:10, Joseph tells his brothers:

“You shall settle within the land of Goshen of Arabia (Gesem within the Septuagint), and also you shall be close to me, you and your kids and your kids’s kids, in addition to your flocks, your herds, and all that you’ve.”

The phrase Goshen was used solely within the Masoretic texts. All different texts because the Septuagint and Vulgate checklist this phrase as a variation of the Arabian phrase ‘Gesen’ just like the Saudi area of Gizan (abutting northwestern Yemen) which to this very day nonetheless bears the identical biblical title. let’s maintain that in thoughts for now.

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To make my level straightforward to understand, let’s assume that this Goshen is positioned, because the biblical students speculate, within the northeastern a part of Egypt. The Israelites lived below tyranny in that Egyptian land of Goshen and when it was time for his or her miraculous exodus the Israelites fled from Goshen and by no means got here again once more.

Let’s apply frequent sense right here whatever the precise location of Goshen on the traditional world map.

Two million-plus Israelites fleeing for his or her lives wouldn’t presumably return to the land of their enslavement and struggling.

I imply after the achievement of the miracle of the Israelite Exodus the phrase “ Goshen” mustn’t seem as soon as once more within the Hebrew Bible. Goshen ought to be over and carried out with, proper?

However unusually sufficient, that’s not what we encounter when inspecting different books within the Hebrew Bible. Goshen simply retains popping up within the discourse right here and there all throughout the Hebrew Bible. The reappearance of Goshen within the Hebrew scripture signifies one other geography for the Israelite tales apart from historical Egypt.

One of many funniest examples is true after Moses fled the Egyptian Goshen and wandered in Sinai for 40 years. Quickly after Moses died, Joshua took command and led the Israelites in a sequence of genocidal wars in opposition to the so-called Canaanites.

However then within the e-book of Joshua we meet this unusual verse;

In line with Joshua 10:41 and 11:16, Joshua conquered all of the land of Goshen’ which was within the area of Gaza and Kadeshbarnea”

Now, this can be a bit perplexing. If the Israelites had miraculously fled Goshen, then how come Joshua goes into warfare with its folks? This doesn’t make sense. To begin with, the folks of Goshen are the Israelites, and secondly, the Israelites had already fled Goshen and to not return as soon as once more.

Yet one more weird element is that the e-book of Joshua describes Goshen as positioned within the land of Gaza and a spot named “Kadeshbarnea” … and never within the jap Egyptian delta. How unusual is that? Fairly unusual I suppose.

Nevertheless, the weirdness doesn’t cease right here. Within the e-book of Nehemiah, we as soon as once more encounter the point out of Goshen.

“However when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem/Goshen the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and mentioned, What is that this factor that ye do? will ye insurgent in opposition to the king?” Nehemiah 2:19

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On this e-book, Nehemiah recounts his efforts to rebuild the temple after returning to Jerusalem from the Babylonian Captivity. He’s doing renovation work to the temple whose partitions have been damaged and doorways burnt down.

Nehemiah is consulting the elders of the clans to try to persuade them into contributing to repairing the broken temple. As an alternative, they mocked him and obtained reluctant for they feared the Babylonian king may get upset with this enterprise of renovating the Israelite Temple.

What’s bizarre is that one of many heads of clans consulted by Nehemiah is the top of Goshen of Arabia. As soon as once more and after the Exodus by virtually one thousand years we discover the Hebrew Bible talking of Goshen of Arabia.

Now, to resolve this dilemma we should always cease viewing “Goshen” as a metropolis or land in historical Egypt. It’s not possible for hundreds of Israelites who had simply fled Egypt, the land the place they’ve been enslaved, to make a U-turn below the management of Joshua and head again to the place toiling & tyranny await them as soon as once more. It merely defies logic.

Yet one more time, and after virtually 1000 years, we discover Nehemiah is negotiating with the top of Goshen of Arabia, the identical land the place the traditional Israelites have been captivated. That is weird, particularly for many who learn and attempt to interpret the Hebrew Bible.

The reemergence of Goshen in Nehemiah yields two choices; both the Jews had invaded historical Egypt, a really amusing and impossible situation, or this land of Goshen is positioned in several geography like in historical Arabia, in different phrases, the misplaced biblical land.

Goshen was not a land in historical Egypt however is located within the coronary heart of Arabia, the place different biblical villages and tribes, just like the Canaanites, are positioned close to one another and never very distant from the Yemenite Kingdom of Sheba/Saba and the traditional incense commerce route

That mentioned, it gained’t be that bizarre to search out “the land of Goshen” retains resurfacing in several books of the Hebrew Bible … for merely it’s a real location of the ( misplaced) Arabian biblical geography.

Not earlier than we take the Israelite tales out of historical Egypt and place them again of their true geography, Goshen of Arabia will proceed to puzzle historians & students as one of many Bible’s most flagrant inconsistencies.

For extra on the Arabian origin of the Israelite tales learn Ashraf Ezzat’s Kindle e-book “ Egypt knew neither Pharaoh nor Moses” … accessible on Amazon.