Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Review: Exodus


Wendland, Ernest H. Exodus. The People's Bible. Milwaukee, WI; Northwestern Publishing House, 1984.

Hey guess what? I was three when this was published!

Anyway, as commentaries are wont to do, this one explained a few things that had puzzled me. For instance, why were the sacrifices the Israelites wanted to offer "detestable to the Egyptians"? Because they were going to be sacrificing animals which were sacred to them. That sounds reasonable enough.

He also addressed the "the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart," which had always bothered me, because it seemed terribly unfair. He points out that God did not harden Pharaoh's heart until the sixth plague--he had already refused to obey God's command five times--and that all God did was end his time of grace while he was still alive. It is no worse than God striking him dead in his unbelief.

And finally, when God told Moses to leave him alone so that he could destroy the Israelites, he argues that it was really a test of Moses as a priest. Moses was to intercede for the people, and if Moses had not, he would have failed.

Interesting stuff, and a quick read too. Just 64 more books and I'll be done!

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