Forty days wasn't all that long for Moses to be away. Is there a scripture saying they thought he died? Why wasn't their physical needs being met?<quoted text>
Never understood that either. Those were people with very weak faith. Their ambition and hope was completely broken down by the Egyptians while enslaved, but I would think their miraculous deliverance would have brought excitement and renewed faith. But they ended up in the desert thinking they were going to starve to death. If you consider Maslo's hierarchy of needs, their physical needs were not being met so it was probably hard to think about much else. And Moses was away so long they thought he died on the mountain.
Their isn't any evidence other than the bible on the exodus or the ten plagues. The Nile turning to blood would of made the local paper for sure, that's just another reason why I can't believe the story.