This is a CLC assignment.
Read the following quote from page 256 of the textbook: “God promised Abraham that a great nation would arise from his seed, that this nation would have a homeland (Canaan), and that the entire world would be blessed by this nation… The events and characters of the Exodus became the heart and soul of the Jewish religion.”
As a group, develop an essay of 1,500-2,000 words that discusses and illustrates:
- Ways in which the Exodus experience has been a historical, social, and spiritual metaphor for Judaism through the ages
- Ways in which the Exodus experience might be said to parallel the salvation/conversion/sanctification experience in Christianity
- Ways in which Islam views the Exodus experience significantly differently than Judaism and Christianity
While GCU style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using GCU documentation guidelines, which can be found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.
This project is due next Sunday, November 16. I would like for us to get started on this as soon as possible.
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CLC Part 1
The Exodus in the book of Genesis has played a significant role in the history of Judaism, and in the lives of the Jewish people. The Hebrews had suffered in bondage for almost four hundred years at the hands of the Egyptians, before God sent Moses to deliver them from this captivity. God had promised Abraham that he would make of his seed a great nation. In which the Hebrews had become after wandering for forty years in the wilderness, before coming into the lands promised by God. “The events and characters of the Exodus became the heart and soul of the Jewish religion” (Hopfe and Woodard, 2012). Throughout the ages the Jewish people would go on to suffer at the hands of other nations, but the Exodus would be the salvation in which this people would come find their strength. In the year 1933 A.D. in Germany, Judaism and the faith of the Jewish people would be tested. This would be the year that Adolf Hitler would come to power, and all ideals that did not align with his would be persecuted.
Nothing would suffer this extreme more than Judaism and the Jewish people, for their ideals and teachings did not match Hitler’s philosophy. Throughout Hitler’s reign the Jewish people would suffer a new type of bondage, but this time their very existence would be at stake. This would come in the form of concentration camps and mass executions. Now this bears a striking resemblance to what the early Hebrews suffered at the hands of the Egyptians. However the Jewish people would hold fast to their faith just as their ancestors did. Deliverance would come in the form of the U.S. and its allies in 1945, a few years later the Jewish people would found a new homeland known as Israel today. This event is very similar to the events of the Exodus, and even some of the events in African American history are similar in scope with the enslavement, persecution, and freedom of these people. The Exodus has had a profound effect on not just the Jews but other people as well, so this is why it is such a staple in Judaism.
Hopfe, M. L. and Woodard, R. M. (2012). Religions of the World. Judaism. (12th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall-Pearson Education.
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