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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Exodus 16:1–20:17

THEME

Protecting the Israelites

SETTING

14th–13th century BCE Mount Sinai, also called Mount Horeb, on the Sinai Peninsula, three months after the Exodus.

KEY FIGURES

Moses The leader chosen by God to challenge the Egyptian Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of slavery.

God Appears to Moses in physical form as a thick, thunderous cloud.

The Israelites The 12 tribes descended from Jacob, recently liberated from Egypt.

Three months after leaving Egypt, the Israelites arrive at the foot of Mount Sinai in the desert of Sinai, free from the rule of Pharaoh for the first time in living memory. However, after the ...

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