Enjoying a slow read through the opening chapters of Exodus

Enjoying a slow read through the opening chapters of Exodus.
At the beginning of Exodus, Pharaoh is, for all that most people can see, the unchallenged divine king of Egypt. Pharaoh’s rule is horrific, but then, mass enslavement and massive disparity of wealth is the norm in the ancient world. A quieter narrative is also being weaved, imperceptibly and yet irresistibly: a foreign God has swelled the numbers of His enslaved people (Exodus 1:7), and He weaves His counter-story through midwives, mothers, and girls—and now in the very household of Pharaoh—quietly marking all places, from the slave’s household to the royal palace, as belonging to Him. We are learning that this God prefers to work through ‘the least of these,’ in the empire’s shadow rather than in its glory, silently but observably weaving people into a new narrative about a completely different kind of society and a completely different kind of rule. [Your thoughts?]


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (missionaltraining.org), and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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