THE GOD OF EXODUS by James (C.M.) Plastaras


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Perhaps the most celebrated event of Jewish history -- and certainly one of the most engrossing narratives of the Bible -- is the passage of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land. In this study of the Bible's exodus narratives, Father Plastaras regards that passage as the central event of Jewish history and, from the Christian standpoint, of the pre-Christian relationship of God to man. He points out that most of the exodus stories were given their final form and have been transmitted in the celebration of Israel's liturgy and that they can be understood only within that context. Instead of a conventional chapter-by-chapter exegesis of Exodus, therefore, the author has elected to develop certain key themes from that book, tracing their evolution and their historico-liturgical expression, and from the results of that investigation, determining the ""pre-figurative"" value of the themes and events studied. Father Plastaras is a scholar, and he writes for scholars; his style, turgid; his presentation, technical, his material -- from the standpoint of the general reader -- obscure. The work, however may be recommended to the Biblical scholar and to the theologian as a work of substantial value both for its originality and for its sound scholarship.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1966
Publisher: Bruce