Bible study 51 – Exodus 1

The Israelites multiply in Egypt, and after a few generations the Pharaoh becomes fearful of them. He sets them to work on large building projects (probably a common fate for foreign peoples in Ancient Egypt), and tries to keep their numbers down by killing every baby boy.

(Note that while this strategy is a good way to avoid an Israelite army forming twenty years later, it is inefficient at keeping down population growth. Much better to kill the girls instead. Or the grown-ups, for that matter; you would think that the only way to create a rebellion more quickly than by executing random individuals of an ethnic minority, is to murder their children.)

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