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Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif
Estelle, Bryan D.

Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018 pp. xiv + 392. $40.00


Description: Israelís exodus from Egypt is the Bibleís enduring emblem of deliverance. It is the archetypal anvil on which the scriptural language of deliverance is shaped. More than just an epic moment, the exodus shapes the telling of Israelís and the churchís gospel. From the blasting furnace of Egypt, imagery pours forth. In the Song of Moses Yahweh overcomes the Egyptian army, sending them plummeting to the bottom of the sea. But the exodus motif continues as God leads Israel through the wilderness, marches to Sinai and on the Zion. It fires the psalmistís poetry and inspires Isaiahís second-exodus rhapsodies. As it pulses through the veins of the New Testament, the Gospel writers hear exodus resonances from Jesusí birth to the gates of Jerusalem. Paul casts Christís deliverance in exodus imagery, and the Apocalypse reverberates with exodus themes. In Echoes of Exodus, Bryan Estelle traces the motif as it weaves through the canon of Scripture. Wedding literary readings with biblical-theological insights, he helps us weigh again what we know and recognize anew what we have not seen. More than that, he introduces us to the study of quotation, allusion, and echo, providing a firm theoretical basis for hermeneutical practice and understanding. Echoes of Exodus is a guide for students and biblical theologians, and a resource for preachers and teachers of the Word.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Literature

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Review by Brent A. Strawn
Published 3/28/2019
Citation: Brent A. Strawn, review of Bryan D. Estelle, Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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