And indeed, separating history from theology in the Exodus question is not an easy task.
For example, the Pentateuch's story of the events that led to the Exodus employs, as an integral part, the narrative of the Ten Plagues (Exodus -).
Three thousand years ago, the biblical Old Testament Book of Kings cited the date of the Exodus as a reference point for the beginning of Solomon’s temple construction in Jerusalem: …in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which [is] the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
(1 Kings 6:1 KJV) It is well established that Solomon’s reign began in 971-970 BC (Kitchen 2001), making 967-966 BC his fourth year.
Adding the 480 years gives the date of 1447-6 BC on our calendar.
Interestingly, the Greek Septuagint Bible gives 440 years in this verse.
The date also correlates with the length of Israel’s period of Judges (Young and Wood 2008), with Jephthah’s argument in Judges , and with the Jewish Sabbatical and Jubilee calendar (Young 2003).Secondly, ancient secular writers that gave opinions about the origins of the Jews will be considered.Finally, a look at the early church fathers that constructed chronologies of the Old Testament.God's Accounting System for Time is self-auditing; I've found and fixed several accounting errors scholars make, due to its self-auditing feature.So more on the Exodus-related dates is thus in Mirroring.htm, for ALL dates in Bible are related to the Exodus, both before and after it; the underlying 1050 'houses' of Time Accounting and their many subcomponents are also explained in