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Book of Exodus

Book of Exodus

Book of Exodus Questions

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  1. How would you describe God to a friend after reading Exodus? What is he like in person, and how is his role in Exodus different than, say, Moses's?
  2. What is the role of law in the text? Is it all one big legal mess, or is this the beginning of something new in ancient culture?
  3. Are the Israelites just sheep being led by Moses the shepherd, or do they play an active role in freeing themselves?
  4. What is Aaron's role in the story? Is he redeemed at the end for messing up?
  5. Is Pharaoh a victim or an oppressor? Could he be both at once?
  6. How does an average Egyptian fare throughout the story? Are the Egyptians victims, or do they deserve what they get?
  7. How does Exodus relate to the rise of civilization? Is it a story of creating and upholding civilization or destroying it?
  8. What is the role of stubbornness in the story? Are people naturally stubborn, or are they made to be that way?
  9. Did the Israelites get more than they bargained for in this covenant? Is it a fair deal, or is it tilted towards God?
  10. What is the literary role of repetition in Exodus? Is it a good tactic, or would it have worked better around a fire, spoken orally?

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