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An essential biography of one
of the Bible’s most powerful and inspiring books
Exodus is the
second book of the Hebrew Bible, but it may rank first in lasting cultural
importance. It is here that the classic biblical themes of oppression and
redemption, of human enslavement and divine salvation, are most dramatically
expressed. Joel Baden tells the story of this influential and enduring book,
tracing how its famous account of the Israelites’ journey to the promised land
has been adopted and adapted for millennia, often in unexpected ways.
Baden draws a
distinction between the Exodus story and the book itself, which is one of the
most multifaceted in the Bible, containing poems, law codes, rituals, and
architectural plans. He shows how Exodus brings together an array of oral and
written traditions from the ancient Middle East, and how it came to be
ritualized in the Passover Seder and the Eucharist. Highlighting the remarkable
resilience and flexibility of Exodus, Baden sheds light on how the bestowing of
the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai divided Jewish and Christian thinkers, on the
importance of Exodus during the Reformation and the American Revolution, and on
its uses in debates for and against slavery. He also traces how the defining
narrative of ancient Israel helped to define Mormon social identity, the
American civil rights movement, and liberation theology.
Though three thousand years
old, the Exodus?as history, as narrative, as metaphor, as model?continues to be
vitally important for us today. Here is the essential biography of this
incomparable spiritual masterpiece.
Joel S. Baden is professor
of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School. He is the coauthor, with Candida R.
Moss, of Bible Nation: The United States of
Hobby Lobby and Reconceiving Infertility:
Biblical Perspectives on Procreation and Childlessness (both Princeton). He
lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Twitter @JoelBaden