Bruce Michael said:The question then might be asked, why did they go all the way to Egypt to escape?
There are other matters that are solved as well. This thread has changed in nature.
Bruce, I have thoughts on your question here, as well as the others you have brought up, thoughts which are just as valid as any. But judging from your polite comment above, I get the feeling that I have taken the thread in a direction you did not intend. Considering the board we are on, I think I'll withdraw from this conversation, at least for now, so as to allow you room to pursue the ideas posted in the OP. Obviously, I strongly disagree, but perhaps my opinions are probably best left for another place and time.