Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Exodus

The Exodus, more fully The Exodus of Israel out of Egypt, was the departure of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt under the leadership of Moses and Aaron as described in the biblical Book of Exodus. It forms the basis of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Although we cannot be 100% certain, we have a general idea how many people were among the Israelites during the Exodus because
1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. He said: 2 "Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. 3 You and Aaron are to number by their divisions all the men in Israel twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army. -Num 1:1-3
And Moses and Aaron and one man from each tribe proceeded to count them:

Numbers from each of the tribes
(note: the alotment of the tribes happened after the Exodus.)
  • Reuben: ראובן
    —46,500 men
  • Simeon: שמעון
    —59,300 men
  • Gad: גד
    —45,650 men
  • Judah: יהודה
    —74,600 men
  • Issachar: יששכר —54,400 men
  • Zebulun: זבולן
    —57,400 men
  • Ephraim: אפרים
    —40,500 men
  • Manasseh: מנשה —32,200 men
  • Benjamin: בנימין —35,400 men
  • Dan: דן —62,700 men
  • Asher: אשר —41,500 men
  • Naphtali: נפתלי —53,400 men
  • Levi: לוי —not counted


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