The story of the Exodus is told in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, the last four of the five books of the Torah (also called the Pentateuch).
Traces of these traditions first appear in the prophets Amos (possibly) and Hosea (certainly), both active in 8th century BCE Israel. Verbrugghe, Gerald P.; Wickersham, John Moore (2001).
It has been claimed that their southern contemporaries Isaiah and Micah show no knowledge of an Exodus, however, this is incorrect. In Levy, Thomas E.; Schneider, Thomas; Propp, William H. Israel's Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective: Text, Archaeology, Culture, and Geoscience. Berossos and Manetho, Introduced and Translated: Native Traditions in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Hoffmeier, continue to discuss the historicity, or at least plausibility, of the story, arguing that the Egyptian records have been lost or suppressed or that the fleeing Israelites left no archaeological trace or that the large numbers are mistranslated, the majority have abandoned the investigation as "a fruitless pursuit".
According to Exodus –38, the Israelites numbered "about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children", plus many non-Israelites and livestock. "Egyptology and the traditions of early Hebrew antiquity (Genesis and Exodus)".
The Book of Numbers tells how the Israelites, led now by their god Yahweh, journey on from Sinai towards Canaan, but when their spies report that the land is filled with giants they refuse to go on and Yahweh condemns them to remain in the desert until the generation that left Egypt passes away.