Finally… How Exodus really happened

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “Finally… How Exodus really happened

  1. Quite right. Which means, of course, that we can ignore lots of it. Especially the bits that say “don’t commit adultery”, “don’t steal”. Or any other bits that the political establishment find inconvenient.

    If we want to think for ourselves, we have to start by recognising the real consensus that pervades every period in history, that changes every 50 years or so, that forms the basis of agreement between the wildest extremists of left and right within that period. We have to recognise “the climate of the age” as an unreasoned, all-demanding collection of opinions; and treat it as something exterior, something to which we do NOT conform by default.

    That’s quite hard to do. It’s hard for a fish to see water. We’re in the same boat with opinions. But we might start by refusing to allow that water to prevent us seeing what documents written in another age actually say. We might start by asking whether those documents are actually right. They may not be. But nothing should be dismissed, merely because it is unfashionable.

    It all depends where you’re centred.

    1. ah, yes… the black and white argument – either it happened the way we say it happened or we can ignore all of it…

      Oh, and the straw man arguments… classic Roger…

  2. “Which means, of course, that we can ignore lots of it. Especially the bits that say”…my favorites, Lev 14, I need to cleans myself with lambs blood on my right earlobe, right thumb, and right big toe. Or good old Moses, with a Median wife, tells his men to kill everyone, man women, and children, but save the young virgins. Or Lot, a righteous man, offers his daughters up to a mob, then IN THEORY, is so drunk he sleeps with BOTH of them. Shall I go on. I don’t think so.

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