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"And the Lord spoke unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the Lord, Let my people go..." (Exodus, 7:16)




1000 BCE – 500 BCE
Dates are approximate

Exodus has three main parts: “liberation” (Jews freed from Egypt), “covenant” (God gives them the Ten Commandments), and “tabernacle” (God provides blueprints for a temple in His honor). The story takes place over 129 years from the time of Joseph’s death (2320 on the Jewish calendar) until the first tabernacle is built (2449). The events recounted in this book are celebrated in the yearly holiday known as Passover, whose corresponding prayer book the Haggadah recounts the liberation from slavery. 

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