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    When the Hebrews left Egypt, they did so with a military wing that won some good victories all the way to Jericho and then beyond. Is it possible that when Joseph settled his brothers in Egypt he did it not only to help them, as the Bible says, but to allow them to bring their clans in to form a buffer "zone" between Egypt proper and whomever was troubling them at the time in Canaan, be it Assyria, Hittite, whomever? Could they later, after having become to strong, been put to labor in order to keep a scenario from forming, such as the Mexica and the Tapanecs in what is now Mexico...a subordinate mercenary force suddenly overthrowing the kingdom?


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    The story of the Hebrews escaping slavery from Egypt is mostly myth as no evidence of 900,000+ wandering Jews has ever been found. We can trace the settlement patterns of a few dozen (at most) Neolithic settlers who didn't even have pottery yet, but we can't find nearly a million (or more according to myth) people of Bronze (possibly Iron) Age in the same region?

    In addition, there was no "conquest" of Canaan as myth reveals in the bible. These are not historical accounts, rather they are attempts at propagandizing a fledgling nation at a time when there was a cultural evolution occurring. Most likely, the Jewish authors of the Exodus myth are retelling a version of the Hyksos Expulsion, which occurred on a somewhat different time scale in a somewhat different manner. The Hyksos ruled Lower Egypt until the Upper-Egyptian Pharaoh lost patience with them and launched a military campaign. Eventually their city in Lower Egypt was lain siege to and the Hyksos fled across the Levant (not the Red Sea, rather the trade corridor in the Nile Delta).

    The Hyksos are recognized today as a Canaanite culture based on the pottery and architecture they left behind in Lower Egypt. These Canaanites fled back to the Levant and later became the Israelites or were assimilated into the Israelite culture that was emerging from the Canaanite culture already. In shedding their polytheistic Canaanite past, the monotheistic Israelites modified existing stories to suit their needs. Expulsion becomes an heroic escape.


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    What evidence is there that connects the Hyksos with the Israelites, other than both were Semites?
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