I will immediately throw this out to the list, because it is too hot
I was researching yesterday. There is actually validity to the idea
that the Israelites were in Egypt 215 years, not 430.
Supposedly, they have carbon dated the flood to 2900 BC, in the book
"Noah's Ark and the Ziusudra Epic: Sumerian Origins of the Flood Myth"
by Robert M. Best (it should be arriving in my mail shortly).
Anyway, this would lend weight to the Septuagint and Samaritan Pentateuch
over the Masoretic text.
The scalding part of this is the ages of the Hebrews, using the LXX/SP
post-flood numbers (children at 130).
Thus, Abraham ca. 1950 BC and the Septuagint (minus the second Cainan) puts
950 years between the flood and Abraham.
Genesis in Question
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