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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Introduction

The first two chapters of the book of Numbers have been written on the basis of the norms on the building of the sanctuary in the desert and the sacred furnishings (Ex 25-31), the execution of the works (Exodus 35-40) and the rules for the sacrifices of the priests (Leviticus).…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – The Final text and its meaning for our Life

After having examined the composition of the text – i.e. after having recognized that in Exodus 14 there are two texts and that these stories belong to different thematic and theological horizons – we will now identify the work of who put together these two stories producing the story that…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – Relationships with other texts

After acknowledging two different stories mixed together in Chapter 14, let us now look at other similar biblical texts. The story of the division of the sea – i.e. the miracle itself – recalls Ex 7:1-5. Here too, the intervention of God – the plagues of Egypt – is aimed…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – The drying of the Red Sea

In Exodus 14, as we have said, there are two different stories, cast and adapted by the author. The first, which we have seen, is the story of the true miracle, the so-called parting of the Red Sea made by God through his servant Moses. The second is a somewhat more…

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The Pentateuch – An Overview (Deuteronomy)

In the most crucial and important periods of the Israel’s history when the Pentateuch was written, the Jews wanted to recap the events that have marked their lives, as individuals and as a people. Thus it was born the last book of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy. Its name derives from the Greek…

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The Pentateuch – An Overview (From Genesis to Numbers)

The first and most fundamental part of the Pentateuch is Genesis 1-11. They put the history of Israel, which will be narrated from Genesis 12, as part of all humanity. The chapters do not speak of a series of events ordered in chronological sequence. Rather they make important questions: who…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – (First part)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Genesis 1:26-31 – (The Sixth Day of Creation)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So…

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