Andrew Wilson and I have a co-written book coming out at the end of this month with Crossway, Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption Through Scripture. An article of mine has just been published over on the Crossway site, in which I list a number of things that you should know about the theme of Exodus.
When we read the story of the exodus, we are not just reading about some events that occurred in the distant past, but acquainting ourselves with patterns of divine redemption that are still being worked out in the world today. Paul wrote of the exodus story in 1 Corinthians 10:11, ‘Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.’ In the exodus story and the many other stories that share its patterns, the Scripture looks us directly in our eyes in the present day. The themes of redemption disclosed in such narratives resonate with those of the New Exodus that we have been caught up into by the work of Christ. When we hear exodus stories we are listening to variations within the one great Story, a Story that finds its climax in the Great Exodus, as through the Passover sacrifice of his Son, the Father delivers us from the kingdom of Satan, leading us by the Spirit into the new creation.
Read the whole thing here.
Congratulations! I’m thrilled to bits about your book – I have pre-ordered it and look forward to reading it.
Congratulations on the book — it looks fascinating. A somewhat tangential question: through reading Moore and Kelle’s survey book, Biblical History and Israel’s Past: The Changing Study of the Bible and History, I’ve become acquainted with the school of so-called “biblical minimalists” who argue that the Old Testament, including the Exodus, is not very historical at all.
I wondered if (in the book or elsewhere), you interact with this school of thought as it relates to the Exodus specifically, or to ask a more general question, how Christians should think about such historical-critical methods. Thanks for your blog.
No, we don’t interact with the biblical minimalists there. James K. Hoffmeier and Kenneth Kitchen might help to address those questions for you.
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