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The three major themes in Exodus are Israel's deliverance from Egypt, establishment of the Covenant and the Tabernacle. Other themes are how name repetition in a sentence is significant throughout Scripture, and how humility in the Jewish culture affects the actions and responses of many biblical characters.


Origins:  Exodus


I.  Orienting Data for Exodus

A.  Content

1.  Israel's Deliverance from Egypt

2.  Establishment of the Covenant

3.  Tabernacle

B.  Human Author:  Moses

C.  Date of Composition:  1400 or 1220 BC

D.  Historical Coverage:  From the death of Joseph (ca. 1500 BC) to the encampment of the Israelites at Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula (either 1440 BC or 1260 BC)

E.  Emphases

1.  The development of Egyptian oppression

2.  God's miraculous deliverance of his people from Egypt via Moses

3.  The reception of the covenant at Mount Sinai, including the Ten Commandments and the "Book of Worship"

4.  The establishment of proper worship, including the priesthood and a central sanctuary

5.  The early tendency of the people to rebel against the covenant


II.  Name Repetition

A.  Examples

1.  Exodus 3:4

2.  1 Samuel 3:4, 10

3.  2 Samuel 18:33; 19:4

4.  Matthew 27:46

5.  Acts 9:4; 22:7; 26:14

6.  Matthew 7:21, 22

7.  Luke 6:46

B.  Repetition of Endearment


III.  Semitic Humility

A.  Abraham

B.  Moses

C.  Saul

D.  David

E.  Solomon

F.  Isaiah

G.  Jeremiah

H.  Paul

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