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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Exodus 3:1–4:17

THEME

Human inadequacy in the face of God

SETTING

14th–13th century BCE The foothills of Mount Horeb (also called Mount Sinai).

KEY FIGURES

Moses A descendant of Jacob through his son Levi, tasked by God with liberating the Israelites. He later becomes one of the greatest prophets.

Aaron Brother of Moses. Initially more articulate and confident than his brother, he assists Moses in carrying out God’s plan.

The story of God appearing to Moses as a burning bush illustrates not only His compassion toward His initially reluctant prophet, but also His ability to enact His will through ordinary individuals. Although ...

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