ADVANTAGES

Since we have next to nothing by way of textual witnesses to the folkloreof the Canaanites of the Levant, traces of an "Exodus" traditionapart from the Hebrew version are difficult to find. But they do existStrabo preserves the memory of an army drowned in the sea, localized onthe Palestinian coast north of Acre, and is aware of similar phenon-lenaat Mount Caslus "near Egypt." Legend had it that certain communitiesin Asla and Mesopotamia had originated in Egypt; and in early Roman timesthe population of Palestine was considered to have originated from "Egyptian,Arabian and Phoenician tribes."

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