Talk:Book of Exodus

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What are we doing with this: Mass Exodus. Redirect, merge or seperate article?[edit]

The instance in which a large group of people, animals, or objects attempt to leave, evacutate or move to a different location.

  • Some famous exodus include the jewish exodus from Egypt to the promised lands.
  • Refugees ussally partake in exodus from troubled lands.

It’s not an exodus unless it’s a mass exodus.

Redirect, merdge or seperate article?


Book of Exodus[edit]

Is there a reason why the name of this article does not start with "Book of"? All the other articles in the Old Testament category start that way, except for four of the five books of the Torah. If there are no objections, I'll have it changed.

Leave as is[edit]

Because of its controversy there is a lot of scope for expanding it, so I believe it should not be merged.

Jacob's descent[edit]

I don't think that this edit was appropriate. Jacob's family's decent and reconnection with Joseph is summarized in Exodus 1:1-5. The "fifth column" claim is supported by Exodus 1:9-10. Unless a good argument is given for not including this essential information, I intend to restore the previous edit. --GHcool (talk) 16:56, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

There seems to be no place in Wikipedia where there is a discussion of the descent of Jacob into Egypt. I would suggest that you mention this explicitly when you edit. TomS TDotO (talk) 17:35, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
(Sorry GHcool for editing your choice of thread-headrer but it's honestly like fingernails on a chalkboard for me).
I don't actually disagree about the accuracy of your preferred version, I just think it's too small a detail for the plot-summary. What's really at issue in Exodus is God's promise to Abraham that Israel would become a mighty nation more numerous than the stars in heaven, but that first his people would suffer oppression in a foreign land. Pharaoh's fear is just a by=product of the fulfillment of that divine promise. I'd like the summaries of each of the five books to bring out this theological point - because the Torah is about God and Israel, not mere human history.PiCo (talk) 23:55, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
Two responses:
  1. The question Exodus answers is not "Are the number of Israelites consistent with God's promise to Abraham?" The questions it answers is "Under what circumstances did this small family become a large nation of 12 tribes?" Exodus Chapter 1 is brilliant in beginning to answer this question. I agree with you that God's promise to Abraham is an important consideration, but that isn't Exodus's primary concern.
  2. That Pharaoh's reaction to the numerous Israelites is a by product of God's promise to Abraham is an interesting commentary, but it doesn't summarize the text. A simple reading of the text assumes that Pharaoh has agency. NPOV requires Wikipedia to simply summarize the text. --GHcool (talk) 00:52, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I just don't care enough to become engaged :) PiCo (talk) 13:49, 1 April 2017 (UTC)