To the Israelite request, for example, for permission to desist from work and celebrate a festival for YHWH, “the god of the Hebrews” (Exodus 3:18, 5:3, 8:23), scholars compare the respite accorded to corvée laborers on days of special sacrifices. See Kitchen, Ancient Orient and Old Testament (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1975), pp. 156–157; Nahum M. Sarna, “Israel in Egypt,” in Shanks, Ancient Israel.