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From a God of the War to a God that saves Israel

The central episode that brought about a drastic change in the idea of ​​God was the destruction of Jerusalem (587 BC). This catastrophe determined a new development within the deuteronomist circles, which modified the texts written at the time of Josiah, one of the last kings of Judah. For example,…

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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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