Exodus

This chapter’s focus is on the life of Moses up until the giving of the commandments and ordinances in the wilderness by way of the Israelite escape from Egypt.

  • Exodus 1: The Hebrews are enslaved and Pharaoh commands his people to kill their sons at birth.
  • [Addition: In search of Exodus, looking for the historicity of the Bible.]
  • Exodus 2: Baby Moses is saved, murders an Egyptian, and flees to Midian.
  • [Addition: On the similarities between Moses and Sargon of Akkad.]
  • Exodus 3: God calls on Moses to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.
  • Exodus 4: God’s call continued. Also, God tries to murder Moses. Aaron is on board as Moses’ spokesperson.
  • [Addition: On the similarities between Moses and Abraham.]
  • Exodus 5: Moses and Aaron have their first meeting with Pharaoh. It doesn’t go well.
  • Exodus 6: God gives Moses a pep talk and we get another genealogy.
  • Exodus 7: Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, so Aaron turns his rod into a snake and unleashes the first plague (blood).
  • [Addition: Why is Aaron the principle actor in the plagues narrative?]
  • Exodus 8: The second plague (frogs), third plague (gnats), and fourth plague (flies).
  • Exodus 9: The fifth (cattle death), sixth (boils), and seventh (hail) plagues.
  • Exodus 10: Plagues eight (locusts) and nine (darkness).
  • Exodus 11: The final plague is announced.
  • Exodus 12: God gives some cooking tips and then commits genocide.
  • Exodus 13: God hints at child sacrifice, then sends the Israelites out into the wilderness.
  • Exodus 14: Moses parts the Red Sea, Pharaoh is drowned.
  • Exodus 15: Miriam leads the Israelites in singing praises to God. Then God provides water.
  • Exodus 16: God feeds the Hebrews for 40 years with manna.
  • Exodus 17: Moses draws water from a stone and Joshua fights the Amalekites.
  • [Addition: What’s the deal with Joshua?]
  • Exodus 18: Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, comes to visit.
  • Exodus 19: God appears to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
  • Exodus 20: God delivers ten commandments, plus a few more.
  • [Addition: The politics of the ten commandments.]
  • [Addition: The origins of the ten commandments and the Egyptian Book of the Dead.]
  • Exodus 21: Some additional rules about slavery and murder.
  • Exodus 22: More rules, covering property, social, and cultic concerns.
  • Exodus 23: More rules, the setting of the cultic calendar, and the appointment of a guardian angel.
  • Exodus 24: Hebrews agree to follow the rules and the Covenant is made.
  • [Addition: Why is Moses sometimes depicted with horns?]
  • Exodus 25: Instructions for the construction of the Ark.
  • Exodus 26: Instructions for building the tent of the tabernacle.
  • Exodus 27: Instructions for building the altar and the court of the Ark.
  • Exodus 28: Instructions for the making of priestly robes.
  • Exodus 29: Instructions for the ordination of priests.
  • [Addition: What are the ephod and teraphim?]
  • Exodus 30: Moses is asked to take a census and receives more instructions for the priests.
  • Exodus 31: The appointing of the craftsmen and reminder to keep the Sabbath.
  • Exodus 32: The Golden Calf.
  • [Addition: What’s the meaning of Aaron’s involvement in the making of the Golden Calf.]
  • Exodus 33: God sends the Hebrews onward towards the Promised Land.
  • Exodus 34: God dictates the new Ten Commandments.
  • Exodus 35: Collecting materials for the tent of meeting.
  • Exodus 36: Bezalel and Oholiab begin construction.
  • Exodus 37: Construction continues.
  • Exodus 38: Construction continues.
  • Exodus 39: Construction continues.
  • Exodus 40: Aaron is appointed high priest and the Hebrews depart from Sinai/Horeb.

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