The second book of the Hebrew Bible, starting with Israel in Egyptian slavery and ending with the building of the tabernacle in the desert.

Exodus, Book Of

The Book of Exodus is the second book of the Hebrew Bible and of the Five Books of Moses. Its name derives from the Greek via Latin, and references the main theme of the book: the departure of Israel from Egypt.

Exodus narrates the story of Israel, beginning with her slavery in Egypt and the call of Moses, telling of her deliverance through the ten plagues culminating in the Passover and the exit through the sea, following Israel through the wilderness to Sinai where God meets with Moses and the people on the mountain, and concluding with the giving of the law and the construction of the temple.

See also the following tags, which overlap with this one:

  • - for questions about the man Moses (Moshe)

  • - for questions about Egypt, where Israel was enslaved at the beginning of the book

  • - for questions about the torah law given at Sinai and recorded in this and the remaining books of the

  • - for questions about the portable sanctuary built at the end of this book (and later replaced by the temple)

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