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Why did God instruct Jacob to move his family to Egypt?

Aside from the obvious reasons, i.e., to ensure that Jacob’s family would not perish during the famine, there were other important reasons that the biblical text does not directly state, but only intimates:

Egypt served to break their family from a long series of family dysfunctions that the narrator has already delineated in the in the lives of Jacob’s children. At this point in time, Abraham’s descendants had pretty much abandoned the spiritual path set out by their ancestral forefather. Early ...

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