Holy Moses!

Throughout the book of Exodus the narrative of Moses is explained from the beginning to end. From his birth as a Hebrew, to his rise as an Egyptian leader, followed by his calling to save the Israelites from their captivity, Moses was seen as favored in the eyes of God. This explicit account of one of the Hebrew Bible’s most admired leaders points its readers to ‘new’ idiosyncrasies of God that had not yet been revealed in the previous documented accounts of Genesis. The relationship of Moses and God unmatched by previous correlations between the ‘Creator’ and his ‘Creation’.  Though Moses is seemingly an unlikely character to be chosen for a such a momentous position of influence, his faith (and lack thereof) are utilized in ways unforeseen to the readers of Exodus.

The question remains, why Moses? Why does God choose an individual who doesn’t necessarily want to be chosen? As we all know, Moses is anything but perfect. He continually chooses disobedience and cowardliness over confidence and unshaken faithfulness. The idea of God using the imperfect to carry out his plans of perfection is an aspect that will be further dissected. God’s relentless attitude of seeking after his people through unexpected leaders in unpredictable circumstances is evident in the book of Exodus. This somewhat ambiguous character of God is revealed tremendously throughout the Moses narrative, and is something that will be examined in my paper.

It is known that Moses acts as the liaison between God and the Israelites as well as the Pharaoh. However throughout the accounts of Exodus, God uses other tools to communicate to his people in ways that can only be seen as supernatural. In a sense, he uses his creation to interact with his created. Fire, bodies of water, locusts, and livestock all earn places on the lengthy list of ways God attempts to get humanity’s attention. By using sources that explore the human races’ discernment of God such as Drubach and Claassen’s Perception and the Awareness of God, I hope to further explain the manifestation of God in the life of Moses and the Israelites and how it created the ideologies of present day monotheism.

Finally, I hope to explore how the Exodus is culturally relevant the modern day ‘Exodus’ of political power in Egypt.  The current news is flooded with headlines that depict a country in a situation that parallels the circumstances of the nation’s history thousands of years prior to recent events. While there are obvious differences in the historical perspectives, what are the similarities? Based on what we’ve seen so far in Egypt today, what can we expect to happen that will parallel that of biblical Egypt?  I hope to explore the cultural significance of this recent revolution and compare it to that of the Exodus described in the Hebrew Bible.

While some of the specifics of my paper have not yet been ironed out, I plan to accomplish the points outlined above. Examining why God chose the unlikely figure of Moses and why he needed him to communicate with the Israelites, how the character of God develops throughout the Exodus narrative, and how the story relates to modern day Egypt are just some of the questions that I will strive to answer.

About lmwa223

Leah Watkins is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. She loves music, being outdoors, and traveling.
This entry was posted in Miscellaneous Discussion, Research Essay Prospectus. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Holy Moses!

  1. Ben Ward says:


    Great idea for your research paper, I feel like you will definitely find a lot of information in search of what you plan on discussing. I also feel like we had quite a few discussion in class on this topic, so maybe you could pull from some of the ideas there, especially when discussing why God chose Moses despite Moses not being willing to at all. A very interesting theme and almost test that could be developed and really expanded upon. I like that you decided to tie in your ideas with a modern event that has parallel happenings and all. I hope that, even though everything has not quite yet settled down yet in Egypt now, you are still able to pull from some of the ideas that you already have. It might just be tough to find reliable and complete sources on such a contemporary and incomplete subject, you know? Also, I think it could be interesting, and hopefully not too irrelevant to your paper, to sort of discuss some other prophets and their willingness to do what they did in the Old Testament and all. There might possibly be patterns or other important information there. Good luck nonetheless!

    Take care,


  2. Sean Gillespie says:

    Great start to what looks to be a very promising essay! The questions you are asking seem to be the perfect way of analyzing exodus from a literary perspective and connecting Moses’ situation with the turmoil going on in egypt today will be very interesting to read.I think one thing you could do to really strengthen your paper is to find similarities between what happened after the exodus out of egypt and how the current turmoil there has spread as quickly as it did.

  3. thompson2012 says:

    I like how you plan on comparing Exodus to modern day activities. It should be really interesting to see how modern events mirror those of the past, in some respect at least. The aspect of God using the imperfect to carry out a perfect mission is always an interesting line of discussion. I look forward to your analysis of the situation!

  4. jtb31 says:

    It sounds like you have good organization and ideas already for this research project. There are numerous accounts with Moses in the Torah, so Biblical sources won’t be hard to find. Freud could be used as an outside source, as could anything relevant found in the UK Databases. The hard part would be focusing on specific accounts, instead of generally speaking. As Ben said, we discussed Moses frequently in class, so incorporating tidbits from discussions could help emphasize your points as well. Bringing in what is happening in Egypt today provides something that everybody is somewhat familiar with and would bring your paper full circle from BC times to present. Overall, I would say you have a solid foundation and ideas of where you want to go with this paper. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing how you progress on this research essay.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s