Dating exodus

The same phrase occurs in Ge 46:8, where it likewise introduces a list of the names of those Israelites “who went to Egypt with Jacob” (1:1).

Thus Exodus was not intended to exist separately, but was thought of as a continuation of a narrative that began in Genesis and was completed in Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Taken together, these references strongly suggest that Moses was largely responsible for writing the book of Exodus—a traditional view not convincingly challenged by the commonly held notion that the Pentateuch as a whole contains four underlying sources (see Introduction to Genesis: Author and Date of Writing).

It is reassuring to know that God remembers and is concerned about his people (see ).

What he had promised centuries earlier to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he now begins to bring to fruition as Israel is freed from Egyptian bondage and sets out for the land of promise.

The first five books of the Bible are together known as the Pentateuch (see Introduction to Genesis: Author and Date of Writing).

Several statements in Exodus indicate that Moses wrote certain sections of the book (see ; 24:4; ).

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