The Date. The exact period at which the Hebrews became slaves in Egypt cannot be determined with any degree of accuracy; however, we know that it was after the death of Joseph ( Exodus 1:5-14 ).
- The death of Joseph was two hundred eighty-six years after Abram's entrance into Canaan. (25 + 60 + 91 + 110 = 286) ( Genesis 12:4 Genesis 12:5 ; Genesis 21:5 ; Genesis 25:26 ; Genesis 41:46 Genesis 41:53 Genesis 41:54 ; Genesis 45:4-6 ; Genesis 47:9 ; Genesis 50:26 ).
- Subtracting this from the entire time of the "sojourn" ( Exodus 12:40 Exodus 12:41 ; Galatians 3:17 ), we have the result one hundred forty-four years. (430-286 = 144).
It is probable that these figures represented more than the actual time of their servitude.