Shared Culture: Intro-4

Shared Culture: Intro-4

Exploring some of the cultural images and political uses of the Exodus story that influence our thinking, as individually and collectively, about the Book of Exodus.

One proposal for the great seal of the USA was an image from the Book of Exodus. The proposed, and rejected, seal was described in Continental Congress records of August 1776:

“Pharaoh sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his head and a Sword in his hand, passing through the divided Waters of the Red Sea in Pursuit of the Israelites: Rays from a Pillar of Fire in the Cloud, expressive of the divine Presence and Command, beaming on Moses who stands on the shore and extending his hand over the Sea causes it to overwhelm Pharaoh. Motto: Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

About the Author
Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at

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