The Exodus Motif in Scripture (Estelle)

Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif It’s not a new insight for many students of Scripture when they hear that the exodus event is alluded to or referred to many times in the Bible.  From the Psalms to the Prophets to the NT authors, the exodus is an important theme in Scripture.  Bryan Estelle’s book, Echoes of Exodus, is a nice survey of when, where, why, and how the exodus theme comes up in God’s Word.    I don’t have time for a review right now, but I do recommend this book if you want a scholarly biblical-theological survey of the exodus motif in Scripture.  Here’s a helpful quote from the conclusion to pique your interest:

“…The exodus motif in Scripture is an explanation of God’s plan to fulfill the original design of creation.It is an excellent rubric for teaching about typology or figural readings of the Scriptures.In the Garden of Eden, Adam had not ascended to the summum bonum (the best state): entitlement to the world to come.  Indeed, because he chose to heed the apocryphal word of Satan instead of the canonical word of God, he was expelled from the sanctuary into the wilderness wanderings of this sin-cursed world.

However, God was not done with humanity.He was still going to accomplish the final eschatological goal of entitlement to the world-to-come, where humanity would no longer be able to sin.  Christ by his perfect work has attained that destiny, and believers claim all the benefits of his finished work, including the world-to-come, where they may worship him forever.”

Bryan Estelle, Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif (Downers’ Grove: IVP Academic, 2018), p 318-319.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54002