The biblical story of the Exodus is arguably the greatest story ever told. God acts against Egypt and its unnamed Pharaoh to deliver the children of Israel from slavery. According to sources that make up our Pentateuch, elements of this great deliverance were to be commemorated yearly in the Festivals of Pesach and Chag HaMatzot (Passover and Unleavened Bread). But, the biblical narratives reveal that despite the command to celebrate this great deliverance – it was rarely done. In statements reportedly from Jeremiah’s time, the people had not commemorated their deliverance since the time of the judges. Among the kings of Judah, only Hezekiah (per Chronicles but not mentioned in Kings) and Josiah led the nation in keeping these commanded festivals. What can we learn from a survey of the biblical texts about Passover from Moses to Jeremiah?
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