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Shalom Chaverim. I have been reading the Sefer HaYashar (Book of Jasher) - a great read, by the way. However I have a couple of questions.

First, there appears to be a conflict between this book and the Torah regarding how long the Children of Israel were in Egypt before the Exodus. The Book of Jasher says 210 years, whereas the Torah says 430 years, as YHWH prophesied to Avraham. Which is correct? The second question is - who or what is Silonot? She appears in the book during the narration of the plagues of Egypt as coming out of the river having long arms...I don't like reading about something without knowing the truth of it. Thanks for any help in these. Shabbat Shalom from Australia.

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Comment by Trent Wilde on May 9, 2013 at 6:33pm

Hey Rhea, I know it's been over a year since you posted this, but I figured I'd comment anyways. This is only in response to the first question.

If you look at Gen. 15:13 you'll see that Abraham was told his seed would be afflicted for 400 years. It also says they would dwell in another land, but it doesn't seem to specify how long they would be there. It could be read to imply that they would be there for 400 years, but that would really be more of an assumption since the text isn't specific enough on that aspect.

In Exodus 12:40 we read that the children of Israel sojourned for 430 years. Notice it doesn't say how long they were in Egypt. The phrase "who dwelt in Egypt" is an expansion on identifying the children of Israel, not a statement of how long they were in Egypt.

Putting those verse together, we have 430 years of sojourning, 400 of which, they were also being afflicted.

The point here is that is no one verse in the Torah that actually tells us how long Israel was in Egypt. In Galatians 3:15-17 Paul tells us that the 430 years actually begun when Abraham received the promise (Gen. 12). If you work out the genealogies in Torah, you'll see it was 430 years from Abraham leaving Ur, which was the same here he received the promise, till the Exodus from Egypt. From the genealogies in the Masoretic Text it appears that Israel was in Egypt for about 215 years, though a couple years leeway could be allowed for calculation errors. Also, there may be some variations in the LXX, DSS, and Samaritan Pentateuch.

Anyway, hope this helps.. Blessings :)

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