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In Genesis 15:13 God told Abram that his descendants would be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years. This number is also mentioned in Acts 7:6.

Exodus 12:41 says that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years. This number also appears in Galatians 3:17.

But when you add up the genealogical record [which?] you only come up with about 190-215 years.

How can we resolve this seeming contradiction?

{ asked by Randy }


Short Answer: The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. There is nothing in the chronologies that indicates anything different.

Here's the chronology as provided in the Hebrew Scriptures:

The easy calculations:

The back-calculations:

Conclusion: There is nothing in the Biblical chronology that indicates they were only in bondage in Egypt for 215 years.

{ answered by Jas 3.1 }