The Exodus Essay
IntroductionThe Greek word, exodus means “departure.” The Exodus is the Israelite departure from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, and the subsequent journey through the Sinai wilderness.
The biblical Exodus account has been understood on a number of different levels. Historically, the Exodus represents the process of Israelite's slavery under a Egyptian pharaoh, followed by their freedom flight from Egypt to the promised land, Canaan. Theologically the Exodus implicates important themes: divine promise and fulfillment of it, eternal covenant, human suffering and redemption. Paradigmatically, the Exodus provides the powerful image of "the archetype for all subsequent redemption and liberation experiences, it has become …show more content…
Many scholars favor the view that Yahweh had been Known among Midianite (Kenite) clans of the Sinai peninsula, and that Moses learned of him from his father-in-law, Jethro. He made a declared the greatness and power of the plagues and Exodus form Egypt.
Exod 3:2 describes the scene that Moses met God in Mt Horeb. The next passages illustrate Moses took his task from God (Exod. 3:3-4:17). In the Scene, God introduced Himself : I am Who I am. W. F. Bright states that the phrase I am who I am derives from the third person singular of the Hebrew language’s causative stem (hiphil) and therefore should be translated “He causes to be what comes in Existence” There are various debates of Bright’s theory. However it is clear that God addresses Moses is the same God of Gen. 1-11.
Other parts of Exodus, God revealed his name and nature. Previously, God had appeared to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob in the character and nature of El Shaddai; but now He would manifest Himself as Yahweh (Exod. 6:3) by delivering Israel and leading her into the land. He had sworn to give to the patriarchs (6:8; 33:1). His activity centralized one concept, remembering of His covenant (6:5).
Moses was given the power and