This class covers material founding in Annual Reading Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16). This reading covers a continuation of the confrontation between (1) Moses, Aaron, and the God of the Hebrews, and (2) Pharaoh, the people of Egypt, and the gods of the Egyptians. One of the main points of the Exodus story is the distinction made between the two. In this class, we focus on the final plague. We look at what our sources tell us about the plague in Exodus, Psalm 78, and Psalm 105.
The Bible calls the events of the Exodus, (including “deeds of terror” and the subsequent revelation at Horeb) “this great thing” in Deuteronomy 4:32-34. As we follow the story, we take a close look at the details as told.