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A few more facts about this.
-- Hoeffmeier asked 125 Egyptologists. Only 25 bothered to answer.
-- Hoeffmeier excluded from his survey anyone whose opinion he already knew.
-- He asked the respondants if they had published on the topic. Only
five of the 25 had, and "...none had engaged in a major project".
-- Of the 20 out of 25 who said they had not published on the topic,
the reasons they gave for not having done so was that they had
no expertise, or had no interest in the topic, or it was too
specialized a topic for their area of expertise, or that they
didn't want to get into a debate that was so religiously loaded.
Nonetheless, they offered an answer.
-- Hoeffmeier said he was surprised by the positive results, but
added that "...most gave no evidence of knowledge of the debates
of the past 30 years among Old Testament scholars and biblical
archaeologists on the origins of Israel."
-- He asked two additional questions to give the respondants why
they held the opinions they did, but "many left these questions
-- "Another theme that came up with some frequency was the recognition
that Egypt may never be able to produce positive archaeological
evidence for the Hebrews in Egypt because there were large numbers
of Semites in Egypt at various times during the Second Millennium B.C.
and it would be impossible to distinguish one group from another."
-- "80 percent [of all asked] were either not interested in matters of biblical
history or felt they lacked the expertise to offer anything
concrete to the origins of Israel debate".
Taking all this together, Hoffmeier's paper hardly strikes me as
overwhelming evidence for the vast majority of all Egyptlogists
agreeing that the exodus was a historical event. Only a self-selected
twenty percent even answered, and of those most had done no significant
research in the area, and in fact "gave no evidence of knowledge of the debates
of the past 30 years" on the topic.
under the section "What do Egyptologists really think about the exodus?"