Exodus, named for the exit or deliverance of the Jews from Egypt, begins by telling how hard times came upon the Jews after many years in Egypt. According to the account, the Pharaoh had become fearful of their growing power and had therefore ordered the Egyptian midwives to kill the male Hebrew children upon delivery. A Hebrew woman gave birth to a son, and she devised a scheme to put him in a bulrush ark and float him on the Nile near where the Pharoah’s daughter bathed. Exodus 1 & 2.
The Exposition of Moses POUSSIN (1594 – 1665)
See http://www.artfund.org/artwork/2904/the-exposition-of-moses for the source of the photograph of the above painting and a brief but interesting description.
The Finding of Moses BOURDON (1616-1671)
See http://www.safran-arts.com/42day/art/art4may/art0508.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.
I find it interesting that according to my readings there is no archaeological evidence of Jewish slavery in Egypt. A few years ago I had occasion to visit with a young Christian archaeologist who was planning go to Egypt to study the archaeological evidence of the early Jews. I inquired and he acknowledged that it had yet to be discovered. Is that cause for concern? Not for me. There is much symbology in the Exodus story that is more interesting to me than the story-as-history.
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