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Have you heard the term cultural appropriation? It refers to one culture adopting items from another culture. Today, the “woke” culture in western societies thinks it is a bad thing. But this has happened throughout history. Words, food, music and other things have been adopted by one culture from another. Take Arabic numerals, for instance, or Italian and Mexican food. Also, many words in the English language are derived from words in other languages.
Did you know that the bible also has evidence the ancient Hebrews adopted Egyptian sayings? Exodus 6:1 says, ‘Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”’ (NIV)
The expressions “might hand” and “outstretched arm” are used many times in the account of the Exodus. They are Egyptian expressions from the same time period. Listen to what Prof. Joshua Berman from Bar-Ilan University’s Zalman Shamir Bible Department says about the expression, “When we look at inscriptions from the period of the New Kingdom, between 1500 and 1200 BCE, roughly the period of the enslavement, these expressions are routinely used to describe Pharaohs and their victories in battle, for instance, ‘Pharaoh defeated the Lybians with a mighty hand.’”*
So, archeology shows the Hebrews used Egyptian phrases from the time period. Here again is evidence showing the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt.
*Rossella Tercatin, “Did the Exodus happen? Israeli scholar tours Egypt to show it did,” The Jerusalem Post, January 18, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-693872.
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