The Exodus

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Exodus 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.[1] The biblical Exodus account has been understood on a number of different levels.[2] 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…
5:1-3), was turned down abruptly (Exod. 5:4-11).[19] ⁠As a result, ten plagues were brought upon the country (Exod. 7:14-12:36) . Exodus 7:14-12:36 records ten plagues. However Ps. 78:43-51 and 105:27-36 describes only seven plagues. Josephus records nine plagues.[20]⁠ It might be the palmist and Josephus rewrote the ten plague story in their own theological purpose. Exodus 13:17-18:27 describes the scene the departure from Egypt and the journey to Sinai. Moses led Israel from Succoth to Ehtam, then toward Pi-haniroth, where they camped along the shoreline opposite a site called Baal-zephon.[21] The body of water was called yam sup in Hebrew, meaning “Sea of Reeds”, or “The Red Sea”. The climactic event of the Exodus took place here. Number 1:46 records numbers of Israelites who left Egypt, the total number of fighting men at 603,550. However more recent study calculates 5,000 males and a total population of 20,000.[22]⁠ ⁠After crossing the yam sup, they went into the wildness (Exod. 15:22). Scholars cannot undertake to reconstruct the details of Israel’s wanderings in the desert.[23]⁠The location of Sinai, the first destination of the Exodus, is not
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