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eBook THE EVOLUTION OF EXODUS TRADITION
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Publisher:  Varda Books
Original Publisher:  Magnes Press
Published:  2009
Language:  English
Pages:   318


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About the Book -- THE EVOLUTION OF EXODUS TRADITION

This book is an examination of the evolution of Israel's central tradition faith in God through experience of God as Israel's redeemer from bondage. The events in Exodus formed Israel's religious and national consciousness throughout subsequent generations. Using not only the narrative of Exodus, but also a comparison of Hellenistic, Apocryphal, Pseudepigraphical and Midrashic sources as well, the author thoughtfully analyzes the development of the Israelite nation as a product of God's providence.

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Most often, however, the Exodus from Egypt is employed in passages of rebuke. These can take many forms, but two basic types can be discerned: those which argue that the deliverance which the LORD granted His people when He brought them out of Egypt imposes upon them an obligation to keep faith with Him, and those which stress that when the LORD performed these acts of deliverance in ancient times He undertook to save His people thenceforth and forever. The lengthy prose sermon of Deut 4:32-40 belongs to the former type, as it presents the Exodus from Egypt primarily as a basis for belief in the LORD. The Exodus is a more persuasive argument for belief than is Creation, which is mentioned parenthetically in this passage but receives no emphasis.4 In glowing language, this sermon, by means 4 As noted in the work of the twelfth-century philosopher and poet Judah haLevi in 55 << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index The Exodus as a Didactic Motif of a henotheistic adoration of the mighty works of the national God of Israel, inculcates the belief in the one God in heaven and on earth beside whom there is no other. It embraces the entire prehistory of Israel from the Patriarchs to the Conquest of Canaan, including the Sinai theophany, but the central point is the deliverance from Egypt, which is referred to in the rhetorical question "Or has any god ventured to go and take for himself one nation from the midst of another by prodigious acts, by signs and portents, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and awesome power, as the LORD your G od did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?" (Deut 4:34). Still, though the dramatic election of Israel becomes a proof of the oneness of the God beside whom there is no other, all this is not theosophy for its own sake it leads up to a warning: "Observe His laws and commandments, which I enjoin upon you this day, that it may go well with you" etc. (v. 40).

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