From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Exodus (Greek Template:Lang, Template:Hebrew Name) is the story of the departure of the Israelites from ancient Egypt described in the Hebrew Bible. Narrowly defined, the term refers only to the departure from Egypt described in the Book of Exodus; more widely, it takes in the subsequent law-givings and wanderings in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan described in the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
The extant narrative is a product of the late exilic or the post-exilic period (6th to 5th centuries BCE), but the core of the narrative is older, being reflected in the 8th to 7th century BCE Deuteronomist documents.
A minority of scholars assumes that the Iron Age narrative has yet older sources that can be traced to a genuine tradition of the Bronze Age collapse of the 13th century BCE.