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Exodus : Believers Church Bible Commentary - Waldemar Janzen


Believers Church Bible Commentary

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780836191349
Number Of Pages: 496

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Waldemar Janzen offers a fresh approach to the canonical structure of Exodus. The liberation from Egypt is a prelude to Israel's unique calling to model before the nations a new life of service under God. Exodus portrays how God, through his servant Moses, wages a dramatic battle with Egypt's mighty ruler for the release of enslaved Israel. Yet as the battle rages, Israel stands apart as a watching noncombatant, wavering between doubt and faith.

After wresting Israel from Pharaoh's enslavement, God fights for the soul of his doubting and resistant people. They ask, "Is the Lord among us or not?" Even after Israel's covenant commitment to be God's "priestly kingdom and holy nation", Israel breaks away again and worships a golden calf, a symbol of what is clear to the senses.

In the end, God's grace wrests Israel away once more, this time from captivity to its own doubts, fears, and self-centeredness. In the last chapters, Exodus portrays a people focused in faith on the imageless presence of God in its midst. Nevertheless, God still wrestles for his people even today.

The book presents essays on themes useful for teaching, preaching, and Bible study; bibliographies; charts; a map; and an index. "Believers church" refers to churches in the Anabaptist heritage of faith. The BCBC series is sponsored by six denominations: Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Brethren in Christ Church, General Conference Mennonite Church, Mennonite Brethren Church, and Mennonite Church.

Series Forewordp. 11
Author's Prefacep. 13
Introductionp. 15
The Heart of the Old Testamentp. 15
Approach, Form, Style, and Implied Readerp. 15
Structure and Unity of Exodusp. 18
The Exodus Storyp. 20
The Distinctiveness of Exodus Within the Tetrateuchp. 23
Chart: Exodus Within the Pentateuchp. 24
The Theology of Exodusp. 25
Chart: Overview of Exodusp. 27
Outline of Exodusp. 429
Anticipation: Focus on Moses
The Salvation of Moses, 1:1-2:25p. 31
Israel in a Foreign Land, 1:1-22p. 34
The Wider Context (Text in Biblical Context)p. 39
Egypt Rememberedp. 39
A Wider Salvation (Text in the Life of the Church)p. 40
Resisting Oppression/Genocidep. 42
God's Covenant Faithfulnessp. 43
The Salvation of Moses, 2:1-25p. 44
The "Precarious Escape" in Bible Storiesp. 50
Preservation Through Womenp. 50
A Child as a Sign of Hopep. 51
Perspectives in Moses' Interventionp. 51
Type Storiesp. 51
The Functions of Lamentp. 52
God's Waysp. 52
Picking Up the Piecesp. 54
The Commissioning of Moses, 3:1-7:7p. 55
God Calls and Equips Moses, 3:1-4:17p. 57
Call Storiesp. 73
God's New Name: Yahweh (the LORD)p. 74
Moses' Objections and God's Responsesp. 75
The Burning Bushp. 76
The Divine Namep. 77
The Callp. 79
Moses Returns and Confronts Pharaoh, 4:18-6:1p. 82
Journey with a Missionp. 89
Moses and Jacobp. 90
God as Enemy?p. 90
Israel's Oppression by Pharaohp. 91
Discouraged Messengersp. 92
An Attacking God?p. 93
Oppression in Egyptp. 94
Discouraged Messengers of Godp. 95
God Affirms the Commission of Moses, 6:2-7:7p. 97
I Am the LORD (Yahweh)p. 104
Covenantsp. 106
Genealogiesp. 106
God's Covenant Faithfulnessp. 106
Genealogies?p. 107
A Second Startp. 108
Realization: Focus on Israel
The Salvation of Israel, 7:8-18:27p. 111
God Overcomes Pharaoh, 7:8-11:10p. 114
The Plaguesp. 134
Pharaoh's Hardening of Heartp. 140
God and Evil: The Limits of the Subjectp. 142
The Plagues: History of Interpretationp. 143
Does God Still Use Plagues as Judgment Signs?p. 144
Human Behavior and Phenomena of Naturep. 146
Pharaoh's Hardening of Heartp. 150
Israel Escapes from Pharaoh, 12:1-15:21p. 154
Festal Calendarsp. 167
The Passover and the Lord's Supperp. 170
Divine Versus Human Perspectivep. 190
Crossing the Seap. 191
History of Interpretationp. 194
Exodus Theology for Modern Western Christiansp. 195
God Wrestles with Israel, 15:22-17:16p. 197
Israel in the Wildernessp. 212
The Wilderness Period: Different Perspectivesp. 212
God as Healerp. 214
Miracles of Feedingp. 215
The Sabbathp. 216
Enmity Between Israel and the Amalekitesp. 216
Israel's Wilderness Journey as a Paradigm for Lifep. 217
Tests and Temptations in the Wilderness of Lifep. 219
Divine Presence and Help in the Wildernessp. 221
Israel's Escape Completed, 18:1-27p. 223
Jethrop. 229
Arrival and Fulfillmentp. 230
The Commissioning of Israel, 19:1-40:38p. 231
Theophany and Covenant, 19:1-24:18p. 234
Theophany at Mt. Sinai, 19:1-25p. 235
Theophaniesp. 246
Covenantp. 247
Theophanyp. 248
Covenantp. 249
The Ten Commandments (Decalogue), 20:1-21p. 250
The Decalogue as a Wholep. 268
The Individual Decalogue Commandmentsp. 270
The Decalogue in Church Historyp. 278
The Decalogue in Proclamation and Lifep. 279
The Individual Decalogue Commandments in Lifep. 280
Community Shalom in Daily Life (Covenant Code), 20:22-23:33p. 285
Biblical Law Codesp. 319
History of Interpretationp. 320
The Covenant Code as a Christian Resourcep. 321
Covenant Conclusion, 24:1-18p. 323
Mountain Theophany and Covenantp. 330
Covenant Conclusion and Last Supperp. 330
A Vision for Worship, 25:1-31:18p. 332
Chart: Plan of the Tabernacle and the Courtp. 344
Leviticus and Numbersp. 371
From Tent to Templep. 372
The Templep. 373
The New Testamentp. 374
History of Interpretationp. 376
A Self-Styled Alternative and Its Consequences, 32:1-34:35p. 378
The Golden Calfp. 408
Moses as Mediator and Intercessorp. 409
Judgment by Sword and Plaguep. 409
Moses' Shining Facep. 409
Laws of Covenant Renewalp. 410
A Foundational Textp. 410
History of Interpretationp. 410
The Modern Message of Israel's Rebellionp. 411
Building for God, 35:1-40:38p. 415
Chart: Paired Tabernacle Texts in Exodusp. 417
God Among Usp. 424
Lessons from the Tabernaclep. 426
Outline of Exodusp. 429
Essaysp. 436
Beautyp. 436
Consecrationp. 437
Covenantp. 438
Israel in Egyptp. 441
Mosesp. 444
Name, Glory, Face/Presence, Hand/Armp. 447
Narrative Techniquep. 448
Pharaoh's Hardening of Heartp. 452
Plagues, Signs and Wondersp. 454
Promised Landp. 455
Revelation and Missionp. 457
The Route of the Exodusp. 458
Source Theoryp. 461
Yahweh Warp. 463
Map of the Exodusp. 466
Bibliographyp. 467
Selected Resourcesp. 478
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 480
The Authorp. 495
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ISBN: 9780836191349
ISBN-10: 083619134X
Series: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: HERALD PR
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 14.43  x 3.53
Weight (kg): 0.68

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