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Exodus recounts the origins of ancient Israel, but it is also a book of religious symbols. How should it be interpreted, especially in light of modern historical-critical study? In this addition to an acclaimed series, a respected scholar offers a theological reading of Exodus that highlights Aquinas's interpretations of the text. As with other volumes in the series, this commentary is ideal for those called to ministry, serving as a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.

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ISBN-13: 9781587434860
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 931,652
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas Joseph White, OP (DPhil, Oxford University), is director of the Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum in Rome. He is the author of several books.

Table of Contents

Series Preface x

Acknowledgments xvii

Abbreviations xviii

Introduction 1

The Darkness and Light of God

The Divisions of the Book of Exodus

The Four Senses of Scripture

1 Deliverance from Egypt: Exodus 1-12 25

Pharaoh, Genocide, and Universal Moral Weakness (Exod. 1)

Vocation to Prophecy (Exod. 2)

The Divine Name (Exod. 3)

Introduction to Exodus 4-11: Catechesis on Divine Omnipotence

Mirabilia Dei as a Purification of Human Superstition (Exod. 4)

Religious Error as Political Oppression (Exod. 5)

The Name of Mercy (Exod. 6)

The Hard-Heartedness of Pharaoh: God and Free Will (Exod. 7:1-7)

The Theological Meaning of the Plagues

Confrontation with the Pharaoh (Exod. 7:8-13)

First Plague: Blood (Exod. 7:14-24)

Second Plague: Frogs (Exod. 7:25-8:15)

Third Plague: Gnats (Exod. 8:16-19)

Fourth Plague: Flies (Exod. 8:20-32)

Fifth Plague: Animal Pestilence (Exod. 9:1-7)

Sixth Plague: Boils (Exod. 9:8-12)

Seventh Plague: Hail (Exod. 9:13-35)

Eighth Plague: Locusts (Exod. 10:1-20)

Ninth Plague: Darkness (Exod. 10:21-29)

Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn (Exod. 11:1-10)

Excursus: The Death of the Firstborn and the Transcendent Justice of God The Passover Lamb (Exod. 12:1-51)

2 Wilderness: Exodus 13-18 108

Filial Adoption (Exod. 13:1-16)

The Red Sea: What Do the Symbols Mean? (Exod. 13:17-15:21)

Manna and Water: Signs of Salvation (Exod. 15:22-17:7)

Adversity of Gentiles (Exod. 17:8-16)

Contribution of Gentiles (Exod. 18)

3 Covenant: Exodus 19-24 135

Introduction to the Covenant Material

Sinai (Exod. 19)

The Decalogue: The Heart of the Moral Law (Exod. 20)

Juridical Law: The Book of the Covenant (Exod. 20:22-23:33)

Ratification of the Covenant by Sacrifice (Exod. 24:1-11)

Divine Glory (Exod. 24:12-18)

4 Cultic Rituals: Exodus 25-31 224

Ceremonial Law: Aquinas on the Sacraments of the Old Law

The Ark and the Tabernacle (Exod. 25)

The Tent of Meeting (Exod. 26)

The Altar (Exod. 27)

The Priesthood of Aaron (Exod. 28-29)

Outward Instruments of Worship (Exod. 30:1-31:11)

The Sabbath (Exod. 31:12-18)

5 Fall and Eschatological Restoration: Exodus 32-40 264

What Is Idolatry? The Symbol of the Golden Calf (Exod. 32:1-6)

Divine Wrath and Atonement (Exod. 32:7-35)

Divine Mercy and Transfiguration (Exod. 33-34)

Building the Tabernacle as Prefiguration of the Temple and of Christ (Exod. 35:1-40:38)

Epilogue: The Heavenly Temple and the Lamb Who Was Slain 289

Coda: The Divine Name and the Metaphysics of Exodus 292

Bibliography 305

Subject Index 307

Name Index 309

Scripture Index 311

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