In this episode Veronica and Erika lay down basic principles you can use to help you as you read through these chapters. They do not go in depth into each particular instance, but instead give a viewpoint of what the culture might have been like back then. They continue to come back to the idea that we are to love God and love our neighbor. They hit on topics like slavery and justice.

Erika begins this episode summarizing the story by Patricia Polacco titled “The Bee Tree.” Veronica also used commentary from First Fruits of Zion.

Questions to consider:
Did this background help bring context to these commands?

What commands are you still struggling with?

Can you think of other commands in Deuteronomy or Leviticus that would help with these chapters in Exodus?

You can join us on our Facebook page called “The Context and Color of the Bible” as well as Erika’s website

In order to prepare for this study we used the following books or articles:
Exploring Exodus by Nahum Saran
Exodus: God, Slavery, and Freedom by Dennis Prager
The JPS Commentary on Exodus by The Jewish Publication Society
Messiah – Issue 24
Exodus: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible by Thomas Joseph White, OP
Exodus: A Mentor Commentary by John L. Mackay
Shadows of the Messiah by First Fruits of Zion, book 2
Miqra Journal – Winter 2003

Music: Tabuk by Kevin MacLeodLink: