First Exodus: Reconsidered

First Exodus: Reconsidered
Rhawn Gabriel Joseph, Ph.D.

Perhaps 500 years after the death of Joseph, the 11th son of Israel, who had found favor with the Pharaoh, the Israelites (also known as the Hebrews), had grown from a tribe of 12, to a multitude of 600,000 or more.

Although the history is not clear, the Hebrews, that is, the Hyksos (the "Shepherd Kings'), may even have briefly ruled Egypt, having overthrown the native kings.

Consider: after Joseph had found favor with Pharaoh, he informs his brothers and kin that "the good of all the land of Egypt is yours" (Genesis, 15: 20). And, once Joseph was appointed governor, he not only appointed his brothers and kin to positions of power and gave them the best of the land, but he began depleting the Egyptians of all their money, all their cattle, and all their land. And when famine came, although "there was no bread in all the land of Egypt" he "nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household with bread" (Genesis, 47).

Thus, the Hyksos, may well have been the Hebrews, and the Hebrews may well have gained control over Egypt which they ruthlessly ruled and exploited for several centuries.

In any case, the Hyksos, never popular, were finally driven from power, and were finally cast out of Egypt. However, it is not known with certainty if the Hyksos were the Hebrews.

Nevertheless, that the Jews were resented, is, however, quite clear. Indeed, the Hebrews were viewed by the Egyptians and her Kings as a threat to public order, like a disease, like vermin, like a cancerous growth, particularly as their numbers and their influences in government and finance grew.

"Behold, the people of the children of Israel are too many and too mighty for us," Pharaoh complained to his ministers and counselors. "Come, let us deal wisely with them" (Exodus 1:9-10).

Presumably, the Pharaoh dealt "wisely" by first turning them out and denying them the right to practice their professions--for Joseph and his extended family, had obtained positions of power in the kingdom. The Israelites were stripped of their jobs and of their power.

Next, came laws to control breeding, as the Israelites were "too many." Pharaoh ordered that Jewish babies be killed, as the Jews were breeding like animals: "The Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women, for they are chayot" (Exodus, 1:19)--chayot meaning: "like animals."

And because they were perceived as an alien threat, and as subhumans, "like animals," the Pharaoh decided to enslave them and work them to death. And he ordered that they be put to work at the hardest labor and that they be whipped and starved and treated with complete "ruthlessness...They made their lives bitter with heavy work at mortar and brick, and with all kinds of labor in the field" (Exodus 1:14).

"And so they died, one after another, as if smitten by a pestilential destruction.... And then their taskmasters threw their bodies, unburied, beyond the borders of the land, not allowing their kinsmen to even weep over those who had thus miserably perished." -Philo of Alexandria.


Moses was finally appointed by the "Lord God" to lead his people, "his first born son" out of Egypt. And yet, the Lord God repeatedly "hardens the heart of Pharaoh who punishes the Israelites severely.

"Lord," Moses implores, "why hast though dealt ill with this people. For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Thy name, he hath dealt ill with this people."

But the "Lord God" has his own goals to consider, and the suffering of this people matter to him not at all, for He replies: "I will harden the Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt" which of course, results in only more suffering, death and privation for the Jewish people.

As a perusal of the Books of Moses emphatically illustrates, the Israelites were unwillingly brought forth from the land of Egypt by Moses. And these peoples complained bitterly and suffered miserably when they were forced by Moses to march through the deserts. Death and suffering was everywhere--tens then hundreds of thousands, if not 600,000 murdered by no less than the "Lord God."

No sooner had they left the lands of Egypt, than "God" sends a plague that kills 24,000 of His people (Numbers, 25:5). He murders his people repeatedly for almost any reason, including murmurring. If the Bible is to be believed, the exodus resulted in the death of every single adult Jew who was brought forth from the land of Egypt--600,000 murdered by a wrathful Lord God. Six hundred thousand that He killed outright or allowed to die of old age, in the deserts of the Sinai, including even Moses who the Lord God kills by His own hand.


With the establishment of Israel the "Lord God" of the ancient Jewish people repeatedly threatens them with the most horrible of misfortunes and foretells, through his prophets, that they will be scattered and dispersed throughout the lands--and this is exactly what transpires, repeatedly, beginning in the 6th century B.C., when the southern kingdom of Judah was destroyed and the people marched off into exile in Babylon. It is Babylon and before that, Sumer where much of the story of creation may well have been first composed, only to be later incorporated and retold in Genesis.

And then again, almost 2,000 years ago, following their return from exile and return to the promise lands, the Lord God again warns the ancient Jews of their destruction.

"The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, which will swoop down like the eagle... a ruthless nation, that will show the old no regard and the young no mercy." -Deuterotomy 28:47-50.

And this is exactly what transpired when Roman legions, marching under the banner of the swastika and the Eagle, swooped down and destroyed the second temple. Again the Jews are driven from Israel, and dispersed throughout the lands.

But then the Lord God also tells the Jewish people that someday He will return them to the promised land. And this prophecy too was fulfilled, by no less than Adolf Hitler; a man who likened his nation to the "Holy Roman Empire" and who modeled his government after the Roman Catholic Church (which he also sought to destroy). And, Hitler's armies marched under the banner of the Eagle and the swastika, the twisted cross, the "gammadion"--which is also one of the many names of god, including the Lord God of the old testament: "Tetragrammaton" ("absolute existence").

Hitler went forth according to instructions he claimed to have received from Divine Providence. He was to go forth and cleanse the land of Jews. He was to begin the second exodus.

The Mind of Adolf Hitler


Copyright: 1996, 2000, 2010, 2018 - Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.