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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Exodus 14–17

THEME

Divine deliverance

SETTING

14th–13th century BCE Northeastern Egypt.

KEY FIGURES

Moses God’s appointed leader of the Israelites, who follows God’s instructions to lead them out of bondage.

Aaron Moses’s brother, who assists him in guiding the Israelites out of Egypt.

Miriam Sister to Moses and Aaron, later a prophetess.

Pharaoh Ruler of the Egyptians, who chases after the Israelites, despite having released them from slavery after the plagues of Egypt.

Central to Judaism, the Exodus (from a Greek word meaning “exit”) narrative is the account of the founding of the nation of Israel. The tale also features ...

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