Seventy: a round number (Gen. 46.27 n.
Were prolific: in keeping with the divine command at creation (Gen. 1.28
) and with the promise to Abraham (Gen. 15.5; 17.5–6
The new king may be a member of the Nineteenth Dynasty, which came to power between 1320 and 1310 B.C.E.
The new dynasty, hoping to recover an Asiatic empire, regarded the alien Hebrews (
) along its border as a security risk.
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