In Exodus, the entire Isrealite population leaves Egypt and heads into the desert. The logistics of 2 million people wondering in the desert presents an impossible task.
Gawd killed em all
2.0 million people marching ten abreast would form a line 120 miles long. Do the math.
This calculation does not account for livestock which they took from the Egyptians who didn't have livestock them to give since the livestock had already been killed twice. Oh... it was the livestock that originally belonged to the jews? I thought they were mistreated and without possessions of their own when under the yoke of the Egyptians.
"And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel...." etc.
This phrase, or something similar, appears constantly throughout the bible.
My question... Just HOW did Moses say unto ALL the children of Isreal?
We are talking 2 million people here and mass communication had yet to be discovered.
Word of mouth? You know how that goes - the message gets distorted after the third telling.
Large gatherings? There were no sound systems you know.
Bulletins? No one could read or write. In fact, writing had yet to be invented.
Are the jews really to be faulted if they didn't do as Moses told them? Most of them probably didn't even know who the guy at the head of the 120 mile long line (that was going in circles) was. By the time the communiqué got to them, it was impossible to know who the originator was.
I admit I'm not clear on "manna". Exodus states that the Israelites consumed the manna for 40 years, starting from the fifteenth day of the second month but that it then ceased to appear once they had reached a settled land, and once they had reached the borders of Canaan (inhabited by the Canaanites). Among "scholars", there is much discussion on how it was created each day and when it ceased but that's all irrelevent - IT NEVER HAPPENED!
Here we have a magic food that miraculously appears each morning and provides a nutrious meal for 2 million people every day.
Why doesn't gawd drop a little manna on those who are starving right now?
Umm, what did the livestock eat? Given that there was no food available in the desert for the jews except for the manna, what did their livestock eat?
What did they drink?
Where did it come from?
2,000,000 people living in the desert need a lot of water.
I don't see any mention of water in Exodus
In classical rabbinical literature, as a supernatural substance, manna produced no waste (shit), resulting in no defecation among the Israelites until several decades later, when the manna had ceased to fall. Well, that's good because can you imagine the waste produced by 2,000,000+ people in a confined (each day they were all together; NO?) space.
The booty that the jews stole from the Egyptians (all their gold, silver and jewels) was really big!
The weight of the tabernacle (not counting the ark and other structures) was 11 tons:
* 1.00 tons of gold;
* 3.75 tons of silver;
* 2.50 tons of bronze; and
* 3.75 tons of silver in the bases for the sanctuary.
Where is it - all the booty? The Ark of the Covenant?
Wouldn't you think that someone would have found some of it somewhere?
Don't you think if it had been found it would be presented as proof of the Exodus?
Arrival in Canaan
So, we've got 2,000,000 people arriving in Canaan all at once. Canaan was probably about the size of Oxford, Ohio (20,000) back in 1400BC. What the heck did all these newly arrived people eat?
Their digestive systems had been acclimated to manna for 40 years. Mana allegedly produced no waste so the digestive systems of the newly arrived must have been very desensitized to normal food. What could they have eaten and WHERE DID IT COME FROM?