Echoes of Exodus by Bryan D. Estelle

5168Echoes of Exodus by Bryan D. Estelle (PhD, Catholic University of America, professor of Old Testament at Westminster Seminary California) traces the Exodus motif throughout the Hebrew scriptures and New Testament.

The intro starts off saying how the Exodus motif has all the aspects of God’s work in salvation through Christ. It’s about the redemption of sinful people, their suffering, and being brought to the presence of God.

The first chapter might be intimidating or boring for laypeople. It’s about stuff like typology, intertextuality and hermeneutics. Push through, or skim— the rest of the book is easy to understand, and pretty fascinating.

Chapter two covers creation, Noah, and Abraham. This chapter covers the covenant of grace and common grace. Chapter three discusses the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15), and chapter four is on the Psalms (114, 118, 23, 77, 105, and 106). Psalm 114 and 118 are both from Egyptian Hallel and were sung during Passover, and Psalm 118 is the most quoted psalm in the New Testament.

Chapter’s five and six cover Old Testament Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The author mentions how Paul’s use of the Exodus motif in 1 Corinthians 10 wasn’t original to him, or even to the early church— the concept is in the OT prophets. Chapters seven and eight cover the Gospels and Acts. Chapter nine discusses Paul’s writings, Chapter ten Peter. The final chapter is on Revelation.

Without the appendix, the book is around 350 pages. While this is an academic book geared more towards preachers, scholars, and students, I think laypeople can read this without feeling overwhelmed. Those who are more familiar with all the Old Testament stories may notice a few Exodus parallels missing. My complaint is that some topics are cut short when I was interested in knowing more.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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