Exodus Paperback

New Collegeville Bible Commentary

by Mark S. Smith;

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So resounding is its message that echoes of the Exodus are heard throughout the Old and New Testaments and the present.

Exodus names and terms permeate our biblical and liturgical vocabularies: Pharaoh, Moses, Aaron, burning bush, "I AM," plagues, Passover, manna, Ten Commandments, forty days and forty nights, Ark of the Covenant. The Exodus experience, indeed, is central to both Jewish and Christian traditions. Exodus is, as Mark Smith reminds us, not only an ancient text but also "today's story, calling readers to work against oppression and to participate in a covenant relationship with one another and God."

With Smith as their experienced guide, readers are able to march through this basic book of the Bible with textual difficulties solved and stacked up like a wall to their right and left, just as the Israelites "marched on dry land through the midst of the sea with the water like a wall to their right and to their left" (14:29). Undoubtedly, when finished, readers will be closer to the Promised Land than when they started.

Exodus by Mark S. Smith was published by Liturgical Press in May 2011 and is our 37349th best seller. The ISBN for Exodus is 9780814628379.

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"Smith’s writing is so clear and engaging that the wealth of his scholarship is easily absorbed. The questions that lead into the various sections help the reader focus. The blend of scholarship and spirituality is flawless. An excellent commentary on this significant biblical book." -Irene Nowell, OSB, Adjunct Professor of Theology, St. John’s University School of Theology

"In his new Liturgical Press Commentary on Exodus, Mark S. Smith puts his considerable learning at the service of the general reader in clear, appealing fashion. He writes with unusual sensitivity to the literary power of the text and finds multiple levels of meaning in narratives that are often reduced to more narrow significance. Across Exodus, for example, Smith finds deep connections among original historical meanings and later Jewish and Christian appropriations of the ancient text. Perhaps most unique about Smith’s commentary are his theological insights into the laws and regulations of Sinai as spiritual modes of connection with God and community. He gathers the books main narrative components--escape from slavery and laws of covenant life--and insists that they present a complex, nuanced view of human freedom. Freedom is not simply rescue from oppression; it is also freedom for covenanted life with God and community as expressed in the covenant material. Study questions at the end make this commentary ideal for private or group study of Exodus and God’s call to freedom and fidelity. It will spark lively discussions, deep reflection, and remind readers of God who raises us up as a priestly, worshipping people.” -Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Just as Moses guided the people through the wilderness, so Mark S. Smith guides the reader through the biblical story that describes this adventure. He expertly uncovers this story’s place in the literature of the Ancient Near East, its continued importance in the religious thinking of the Jewish people, its impact on Christian religion, and its value as a metaphor of the reader’s own journey through life. Once again Exodus stands out as evidence of God’s compassionate concern for the needy of our world." -Dianne Bergant, CSA Catholic Theological Union

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Details for Exodus

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLiturgical Press (May 2011)
Number of Pages144
Thickness8 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4026228
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