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I am a preacher. Today I was talking with some Jews who talked about the 2.5 -3.0 million people who witnessed the miracles of the exodus.
But according to my knowledge, the population of Africa at 1000BCE was 7 million. So if this is true that would say ~50% of Africa were Jews.
A closer look at the population figure of Egypt itself, this appears to be only 3-4 million, that would make more than half the population of Egypt Jews. I always thought the children of Israel were a small sect that were being oppressed, but here they seem to be more numerous than the Egyptians. And if the Talmud is correct (see above link), this 3 million is only 20% of the total population of Jews in Egypt at the time ((3/20)*100=15) i.e. 15 million, which exceeds the population of Egypt 4-5 times.
I would like to know what is the Jewish explanation for these discrepancies between the numbers of Jews in the scripture and the population of Egypt at the time of the exodus.