Exodus Faith Change And Learning Research Paper

Length: 8 pages Sources: 6 Subject: Mythology - Religion Type: Research Paper Paper: #73739533 Related Topics: Glory Road, New Testament, Suffering, Gospel Of John
Excerpt from Research Paper :

The setting is perhaps one of the most famous in the entire Biblical narrative: the side of the Red Sea, a crowd of fleeing Hebrew salves anxiously looking over their shoulders at the approaching army of the Pharaoh. According to rabbinical commentary, however, Moses doesn't just simply the raise his staff and part the waters -- more has to happen first, and the more that happens is hugely influential in shaping the new relationship that the Hebrews are forming with God, and the new role for man that this creates.

The Biblical narrative as it currently stands tells the story in the following manner: the people, trapped between the sea and the approaching army, begin complaining to Moses, "What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, "Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians"? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'" (Exodus 14: 11-2). Moses tells them to trust in God, "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground'" (Exodus 14: 15-6). The text certainly suggest an exasperation on God's part, and a desire that Moses and the people try to do something to help themselves instead of solely and automatically turning to God.

This sense of God's desire for man's more active involvement in shaping his future is borne out by rabbinical commentary, which states that a man named Naschon ben Aminadav, hearing the bickering all around of him of who was to test the crossing first by taking an ultimate leap of faith into the waters of the sea, jumped in and began to sink. It is at this point that God tells Moses to stop praying and to see what is going on, and it is not until Naschon ben Aminadav is "up to his nostrils that the water was actually parted" (Peretz, par. 6). God was unwilling to help until man helped himself, and until man showed a proactive faith in assistance rather than a reactive faith of retribution. Naschon ben Aminadav did not act out of a fear of punishment, that is, but rather out of a hope of redemption.

The story of Exodus as a whole is, of course, one of redemption, as the Hebrews are taken from a foreign land where they have been slaves for generations and returned to their homeland where, for a time at least, they can live life freely and under their own book is itself largely indicative of the changes that take place throughout the rest of the journey through the wilderness, however, and makes an excellent closing case for this analysis. Like much of Exodus, the fortieth and final chapter is largely concerned with details of laws and procedures -- in this case, the building of the Tabernacle. When completed, "the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle" and "the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels" (Exodus 40:34, 38). Instead of a removed source of fear, God has become a more benevolent (though admittedly still feared) force hat dwells amongst the people, instructing them when to move forward and when to settle in one place for awhile, guiding them in their completion of righteous acts and not simply punishing them for failures in this regard. Though not quite the emblem of endless compassion and love that the New Testament puts forth, this God is not wholly focused on retribution.


The view of God held by the Hebrew people in the Hebrew Scriptures or "Old Testament" is not as static nor as entirely fear-based as if often thought. Though there is a basis for this generalization, it does not persist throughout the entirety of these scriptures, nor even through the entirety of a single book. Exodus provides an excellent example of the transitions of faith and perspectives on God that are travelled through by the Hebrew people.


Binz, Stephen. The God of Freedom and Life. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1993.

Exodus. New International Version Bible. Accessed 27 September 2010. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus&version=NIV

Fretheim, Terence. Exodus. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1991.

Peretz, Rabbi Cheryl. "Miracle of Miracles: Exodus 13:17-17:16."…

Sources Used in Documents:


Binz, Stephen. The God of Freedom and Life. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1993.

Exodus. New International Version Bible. Accessed 27 September 2010. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus&version=NIV

Fretheim, Terence. Exodus. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1991.

Peretz, Rabbi Cheryl. "Miracle of Miracles: Exodus 13:17-17:16." 11 February 2006. American Jewish University. Accessed 27 September 2010.

Cite this Document:

"Exodus Faith Change And Learning" (2010, September 28) Retrieved May 24, 2022, from

"Exodus Faith Change And Learning" 28 September 2010. Web.24 May. 2022. <

"Exodus Faith Change And Learning", 28 September 2010, Accessed.24 May. 2022,

Related Documents
Exodus Catastrophes Have Been Present
Words: 3520 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 20604559

Fortunately for them, Joseph, who is Jacob's son, invites them into that land and he was a man who had been sold off earlier to an Egyptian person by his jealous brothers earlier. Joseph, being possessed of the extremely uncanny ability to read and interpret dreams, is recognized for that very fact, and is soon promoted into being a prestigious member of the Egyptian Courts. However, one thing must

Comparing and Contrasting Genesis 1 And Exodus 20 of the Old Testament...
Words: 1283 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 94826771

Genesis 1 (in the Old Testament) and the pronouncement of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 (of the Old Testament). Be sure to include the purpose of Exodus 20 and how it is related to Genesis 1. Comparing and contrasting Genesis 1 and Exodus 20 of the Old Testament The story of creation [Primeval story] in the Book of Genesis is one of the most read stories of all times. It

Light in Christian Worship Candlelight
Words: 3239 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 2205286

It is not intended for the contemplation of the reserved sacrament. Under this new principle, Roman Catholic tabernacles are now set in separate chapels or other more appropriate places (ELCA). Guidelines for Lutheran Churches These Churches do not recommend the placement or use of eternal flame lamps in the worship area (ELCA 2011). Doing so will give the erroneous belief that God is present only because of the light or that

Heroism in the Epic of
Words: 1786 Length: 5 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 7001251

There must be a significant act that they perform in order for them to be deemed heroic. That is not always the case, but it seems to be among the most common ways people are considered for heroism. Because Moses and Krishna were not heroes in the traditional sense, however, does not in any way negate the value they had to their respective time periods and the information that was

School Choice Debate. The Writer
Words: 3777 Length: 14 Pages Topic: Teaching Paper #: 17616519

The case snowballed and grew until the nation viewed Zelmanv Simmons-Harris as the test case to try the legal boundary between church and state. It was also looked to for the purpose of redefining the meaning and scope of public education in America. Enacted by the Ohio legislature in 1995, the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program allows 4,000 low-income children to attend private religious and secular schools with up to $2,250

Divorce in Regards to Christian
Words: 2522 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Family and Marriage Paper #: 15002946

But it was not like that from the beginning." The Reformed Theology looks at marriage and divorce from the standpoint of being covenantal. They quote the Bible as saying in Malachi 2:14, "…because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant" (Fielding, 2010). Fielding goes on to say, "In the Old Testament, "divorce" was carried out by a literal physical execution of