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Aaron’s Rod

All of these expressions are natural in view of the significance of the rod. It was called the “rod of God,” for it was the symbol of His authority; it was Moses’ rod, because it belonged to him and was carried by him; it was also Aaron’s rod, because Aaron at times spoke and acted for Moses. It is to be noted, however, that these “rod passages” because of the variety of expression found in them, have been used to support the widely held Documentary Hypothesis. Exodus 4:24; 7:15, 17; 9:23; 10:13; 14:16; 21:20 are split in two and divided in the main between documents J and E. This is a striking example of the extremes to which the advocates of this theory are obliged to go in order to work out their analysis. Yet the variety of expression is in entire harmony with the situation as it is represented in the Biblical narrative. Bibliography S. R. Driver, Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament (1910), 20-30; E. S. Brightman, The Sources of the Hexateuch (1918), 82, et pa