A group of archaeologists have discovered compelling evidence which they believe supports the biblical account of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into the promised land of Canaan.

Historical evidence of the Exodus, a foundation to Christianity, so far hasn’t been found. Many archaeologists believed the Israelites hadn’t fled from Egypt, but were native to the region.

Despite debate of historical accuracy, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo say there is clear evidence of ruins belonging to a nomadic group who were traveling from Egypt near the Jordan River.

One major discovery was pottery shared which dated to the early Iron Age. This time is traditionally associated with the Israelite arrival.

If true, this could be the first ever evidence of the Exodus. This proof could also lead archaeologists toward other major biblical revelations.

“We have not proved that these camps are from the period of the early Israelites, but it is possible,” Ben-Shlomo told The Express. “If they are, this might fit the biblical story of the Israelites coming from east of the Jordan River, then crossing the Jordan and entering into the hill country of Israel later.”

Along with the ruin themselves, there are also a number of low walls which are believed to be rudimentary stone fencing for animals, a common nomadic practice.

This could explain why pottery shards at the site were found outside, not inside the stone walls, explain Ben-Shlomo and Hawkins,

“The floors of the structures were virtually empty of finds, and thus, we could not date them by conventional archaeological methods,” they said.

“In Bedouin settlements, people live in tents made of perishables which are relocated every season, thus artifacts would not be associated with stone architecture,” they said. “So the structures might have housed animals, rather than people, who lived in tents around them.”

The archaeologists are now confirming whether the site they have unearthed is as old as they suspect.

“Since this area is not densely populated in many periods, this might indicate a new phenomenon like nomads suddenly creating settlements or a new population,” Ben Shlomo said.

The story of Moses and the Exodus of the Israelites is one of the most recognized stories in the Bible.

This journey is tracked in Exodus, the second book of the Hebrew Bible.

Exodus 14:21-22 says, “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.”

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