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If you use Microsoft Excel, I have prepared a spread sheet to project the number of Israelites that existed by the time the book of Ezra was recorded.
The blue text below represents a constant. It is information from the scriptures.
You can do nothing here to change this page, but when you go to the spread sheet you can enter your own variables in CELL B.
You can only change the variables marked in red below, but in the spread sheet instead of saying A4 it says VAR.
You enter the variables in the cell to the right of the cells marked VAR.. variable.
i.e. If you guess the average life expectancy in the book of numbers was 50 you would type 50 in the Cell B5.
I have write protected the cells and you can only change the numbers in the B column where it is a variable.
A B C
A1 
20 
Num 1:2 Israelites (from 11 tribes) over 20 were numbered 
A2 
22000 
Num 3:39, Male Levites total 
A3 
603550 
Num 1:46, Males of 11 tribes over 20 years old 
A4 
50 
Average life expectancy 
A5 
0.4 
% of Israelites under 20 A1 / A4 
A6 
241420 
Number of Israelites under 20 of the 11 tribes A5*A3 
A7 
844970 
Total males of 11 tribes A6+A3 
A8 
866970 
Total males of 11 tribes and the Levites A7+A2 
A9 

A10 
50 
What % of the population were females 
A11 
866970 
Number of females A10/100*A8*2 
A12 

A13 
1733940 
Total Israelites when numbered A11+A8 
A14 

A15 
66 
Genesis 4:26 Number of Israelites who came into Egypt not including the wives of 11 princes 
A16 
20 
Could be more than 1 wife each, how many wives of the 11 princes of Israel do you guess 
A17 
90 
Total of Jacobs family B15+B16+4 (4=Joseph, Esenath and Joseph's 2 sons) 
A18 
45 
Females in Egypt to begin the Israelite nation B17*(B10/100) 
A19 

A20 
430 
Exod 12:40, The number of years the Israelites remained in Egypt 
A21 
A generation is the time it takes a female to be born and complete her own reproduction cycle 

A22 
25 
What is the average reproduction cycle you estimate (1540) years 
A23 
17 
Number of generations in captivity B20/B22 
A24 

A25 
population when counted in Numbers / total females entering Egypt 

A26 
38532 
Average number of descendants of each woman entering Egypt when they left B13/B18 
A27 

A28 
population of females in Numbers x the average number of children per generation B11*B26 

A29 
33406088040 
The number of Israelites that would exist by the book of Ezra 
A30 

A31 
19266 
Increase in Israelite population from entry to exit B13/B17 
A32 

A33 
74600 
Num 1:27 Males over 20 tribe of Judah on exit 
A34 
1 
Males over 20 tribe of Judah on entry to Egypt (JudahJoseph's brother) not more than 5 max 
A35 
74600 
Increase in males tribe of Judah over 20 from entry to exit B33/B34 
A36 

A37 
Benjamites smallest tribe 9:21, males over 20 numbered 2 Chr 14:8 200,080 

A38 
The other 11 tribes destroyed their towns and killed their families. Judges 20:1221:23 

A39 
When numbering males *IN* Israel, there were more Benjamites than 10 other tribes 

A40 
If they were the smallest of the tribes, the other 10 tribes were living outside of Israel 

A41 

A42 
The ONLY tribe left some what in tact still in Israel was the tribe of Judah 

A43 
Using Nelsons charts I estimated it was about 400 years from the exodus to 2 Sam 24:9 

A44 
400 
What is your estimate of years from when the Israelites were counted in Numbers to 2 Sam 
A45 
500000 
Tribe of Judah  Number of males over 20 in 2 Sam 24:9 
A46 
6.702412869 
Increase in the tribe of Judah B45/B33 From Numbers to 2 Sam 
A47 
Because the tribe of Judah was the only remaining tribe some what in tact by 2 Sam 

A48 
We will use the population growth to arrive at average growth and total Israelites by 2 Sam 

A49 
11621582 
Total Israelites when David was king B13*B46 
A50 
9887642 
More than when were numbered in the book of numbers 
A51 
24719 
Average increase per year B46/B44 
A52 
Using Nelsons charts I estimated it was 800 years from Numbers to Ezra 

A53 
800 
How many years from the book of Numbers to Ezra 
A54 
21509224 
Number of Israelites by the book of Ezra B53*B51 
A55 
42360 
Ezra 2:64 Jews who returned to Israel 42,360 
A56 
21466864 
Israelites who remained in the 127 provinces and never returned to Israel B54B55 
The math principals are a constant. The outcome of the projection could only be altered by my prejudice, that is why invite any one to put their own variables in the fields.
The first variable field will look like this
A .. 
B 
C 
VAR 
50 
Average life expectancy 
To the right of VAR you add your variables. The numbers in the variable fields now are my guess. The object is for you to correct my numbers you think are in error.
Before you go to the spread sheet, here is the information you must look up to enter into the variable fields.
B4 When the Israelites left Egypt, what is your guess of the average life expectancy?
B10 What % of the Israelite population were females?
B16 Joseph was already in Egypt with his wife Asenath. His father and 11 brothers followed. What is your guess of the number of wives the other 11 princes of Israel brought with them.
B22 The average number of years it takes a female to be born and produce her last child.
B34 The number of males over 20 years old from the tribe of Judah when the 11 princes of Israel went into Egypt.
B44 The number of years between the time the Israelites were counted in the book of Numbers to the time the book of 2 Samuel was written.
B53 The number of years between the time the Israelites were counted in the book of Numbers until the time the book of Ezra was written.
Take me to the spread sheet I have my variables ready
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