Week 3

400 years have passed since your last class.  Genesis closed with the death of Joseph and picks up in the same location 400 years later with the birth of Moses.  Unlike in Joseph’s time when the small family of 70 was treated with respect and admiration, the Hebrew nation has grown to number in the hundreds of thousands and are feared by the Egyptians.  They are so feared that they have in fact been enslaved by Pharaoh.

This week will focus on three main areas: the actual exodus of Exodus, the ten commandments, and the construction of the tabernacle. The first two areas you’re probably well familiar with.  The tabernacle on the other hand is after the “excitement” of the book and there’s a good chance that you’ve probably skipped over it in your reading.

There’s good a bad news about the tabernacle.  The good news is that you won’t have to read all of the details and get bogged down in some of its repetitive nature.  However, the tabernacle will be the subject of your first real writing assignment.  However, I promise you that once you start to research it, you’ll never look at the tabernacle the same.


Research the symbolism of the tabernacle and discuss some of the ways in which the details point to Jesus.  Your paper should be 500 words or more (about two typed pages double spaced).  Use and list at least two research sources other than your Bible.

Required reading

Exodus 1-14, 20, 32

Corresponding articles and videos on this site

We have written on topics covered in this lesson.  You can either read the article or watch the video, both cover the same material.  These provide good supplemental thoughts to go with your Bible reading and may help you answer some of the questions below.

Optional reading 

A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age Through the Jewish Wars – chapters 6-8

An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch – Exodus – chapter 4

An Historical Survey of the Old Testament – chapters 4-5

Discussion questions

The first question is required.  You may choose any of the remaining two questions to answer.  Answers should be 100 words or more. You are welcome to use resources that you may have or search the internet for help.

1) Discuss how the plagues of Egypt are an attack on the Egyptian gods and religious system.

Answer two of the following:

2) Why were the Israelites required to get rid of all yeast in the house before Passover?

3) Why was the sacrifice of the lamb so important at Passover?

4) What do you believe is the most important commandment of the ten given to Moses?  Why?

5) Do you believe that the Sabbath rules given the the Israelites should still be in effect today?  Why or why not?

6) How do the Levites both fulfill the curse and also redeem themselves of the curse that Jacob placed upon them in Genesis 49:5-7?


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