By Scott M. Langston
This bible statement specializes in Exodus, one of many key books within the outdated testomony, which good points such colourful tales because the plagues on Egypt, the parting of the pink Sea, the burning bush, and the giving of the 10 Commandments.
The remark considers the ways that Exodus has encouraged and has been encouraged via historical past, faith, politics, the humanities, and other kinds of tradition in Jewish, Christian, and secular settings. the writer lines the book’s numerous makes use of through the centuries, from previous testomony instances, during the Patristic and Reformation classes, to the current day. He can pay specific consciousness to how Exodus has served as a device of liberation and tyranny, and to the way it has helped to form collective and private identification. He additionally addresses makes use of of Exodus regarding American and eu heritage resembling the fantastic Revolution, colonialism, the yankee Revolution, Civil struggle, Civil Rights flow, African-Americans, and local american citizens, in addition to makes use of by way of famous and little-known ancient figures.
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While the biblical author did not produce a biography of Moses, later readers found within the Bible the skeletal outline for such a project. Writers have understood and shaped Moses’ life in accordance with their own contexts Exodus 1–2 39 and societies, while producing divergent portrayals. During the early twentieth century, for example, several poetic and narrative renderings of his life were written. Among them were Edmond Fleg’s Moise reconté par les Sages (The Life of Moses), Werner Jansen’s The Light of Egypt, Louis Untermeyer’s Moses: A Novel, and Ivan Franko’s Moses.
According to Foehr, he met “black people working as beasts” and came to see them as the new Hebrew slaves (Foehr 2002). Likewise, some have viewed the warlords, dictatorial governments, and neo-colonial structures of dependence in countries such as the Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, as well as European and American missionary efforts to control African churches, as modern manifestations of Egyptian bondage (Temple, “Theology at AACC”). By linking their suffering with that of the Hebrews, subsequent readers express hope for deliverance and condemnation for their oppressors, while also coun- Exodus 1–2 35 tering the degrading effects of oppression by identifying themselves with the people of God.
Medieval commentators typically understood the Egyptian taskmaster as a ﬁgure of the devil (Lewine 1993: 36). The Midrash Tanhuma-Yelammedenu (Exod. 1:9) exonerated Moses by recounting a story whereby the Egyptian taskmaster forced the wife of an Israelite to have sexual intercourse with him. When the Israelite discovered what had happened, he was angry, whereupon the Egyptian beat the Israelite. Learning of the incident through the Holy Spirit, Moses intervened. The Qur’an indicates that after Moses had killed the Egyptian, he immediately recognized the event as a work of Satan, and prayed for and received forgiveness.