Lecture 3: The Call of Moses and Return to Egypt (Ch 4-6)
  • How is the call of Moses similar to the call of Isaiah and Jeremiah – is Moses the greatest of prophets?
  • Moses states his unworthiness for mission 8 times but is re-assured by God each time. What can we
    learn about leadership from this?
  • God’s call to Moses to return to his people is like Gods’ call to Joseph to bring Jesus back to the
    promised land – what are the similarities?
  • We find God “hardening Pharaoh’s heart” puzzling – does the Hebrew translation help us?
  • What are the Septuagint and Masoretic versions of the Jewish Scriptures?
  • The Hebrew word “know” is experiential and not just intellectual. Does this influence our
    understanding of the text?
  • How many Jewish people were there in Egypt? Hundreds or tens of thousands? Why are
    there different figures in the text?
  • How do we understand signs and wonders in the Jewish Scriptures given our scientific world
    view today?
  • The Exodus text is a paradigm of what happens in an oppressive regime. How did Martin Luther
    King use this text in his fight for liberation?
  • Do we blame God like Moses? Who said “If this is how you treat your friends Lord, I’d hate to
    see how you treat your enemies!”?
  • What does the Priestly School emphasize in the Second Account of Moses’ call?
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