Exodus Reflection Essay

721 WordsSep 7, 20173 Pages
The Book of Exodus is told from the third person point of view, essentially as a narrative. However what makes this significant, is that it is so much more. The story contains elements of a narrative, but also historical content and matters of law. The beginning portion begins to tell of a story of Moses and his attempts to free the Israelites with the help of Yahweh and his powerful plagues. Within the story contains elements of truth, describing the actual enslavement of the Hebrews and their march to find the promised land. Even within that, certain Hebrew traditions and laws are established framework for a new society is created. Overall, Exodus is the story of how a nation was founded. It is because of this that I think the author of Exodus is rather authors. It seems that the Book of Exodus is a collection of differents writing rather than one singular work of a writer. Instead of being united by a common author like many of the other books of the Bible, Exodus is united under a common story containing elements of multiple different viewpoints. Although not abundant, Exodus does contain some figurative language. In a couple of instances, anthropomorphisms are used in relation to God, for he is immaterial and invisible. Only through the anthropomorphism does the reader get any idea of what he looks like. "So I will stretch out My hand…” (Exodus 3:20), “A blast from your nostrils and the waters piled high;” (Exodus 15:8), “Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:23), all of these quotes are examples of prosopopoeia allowing the readers to get an idea of God’s form. Clearly it is something human related involving hands, nostrils, a back, and a face, but it is impossible to know for sure. The only physical renditions of God ever made or ever will be made were based of these anthropomorphisms and it is through them people are able to begin to under him physically. Tone in the Book of Exodus is rather unimportant because it is told from a third person point of view. It simply telling a story the story of the liberation of the Israelites to then the covenants made in the desert. Throughout the Book of Exodus, it becomes clear that Moses embodies the
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