Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Some OT scholars make hay with the seeming discrepancies between Exodus 14 (the exodus narrative proper) and Exodus 15 (the poetic or hymnic reflection on the exodus).  For example, they discuss the history, authorship, and date of the two chapters.  It is true: on close reading of the two texts, one can see some differences …

God’s Calendar, God’s Time

God made time, God can change time. 1) The creation week was a liturgical, creational calendar that celebrated God the Maker and Sustainer.  Creation's calendar said, "Six days of work then one day of rest."  It was patterned after God the creator's "week." 2) The exodus event was a real sort of de-creation then re-creation …

The Cover Over (Pass Over)

Exodus 12.23 says this: For the LORD will pass through the land and strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the LORD will pass over your home. He will not permit the Destroyer to enter and strike down your firstborn (NLT). Meredith Kline wrote …

Notable Online Jewish Commentary

While studying and preaching through Exodus (Shemot), I have been enjoying a broad range of commentaries.  Besides the ones I've mentioned here before, I also would like to point out one of the most important Jewish commentaries: Rashi.  Rashi (d. 1105) was a very influential medieval Jewish scholar/commentator, whose comments were written by his students.  …

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