Egyptologist James Hoffmeier remarked that in response to the question “do you think the early Israelites lived in Egypt and that there was some sort of exodus?” posed in a survey sent to a group of randomly selected Egyptologists, of twenty-five, nineteen answered ‘yes.’1
Hoffmeier’s anecdote appears in the the proceedings in the 2013 conference “Exodus: Out of Egypt – Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Archaeology, Text, and Memory” held at the University of California San Diego. Featuring leading experts in Egyptology, archaeology, Biblical Studies, and other related disciplines, the conference provided a cutting-edge look at the evidence for a historical basis to the Exodus tradition in the Bible.
As well as the book, the videos2 and the conference website are available for those who want to take a serious look at the seminal event in the history of Israel.
- Hoffmeier, James K.; “Egyptologists and the Israelite Exodus from Egypt” in Thomas E. Levy; Thomas Schneider; William H.C. Propp (Eds) “Israel’s Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective” (2015: Springer International), p 205