The midwives of early Exodus employ what looks like racist language in an effort to protect the Yisrael-ite babies. Is this ever a good strategy?
The Yisrael-ites were in Mitzrayim for 430 years or “a very long time.” The US, too, has a history of slavery and its aftermath of this length.
We return to Dick Gregory’s Bible Tales (1974) and look at what has changed and what has not, how long predicted some of these results have been…
Death would be the “predictable — but not immediate — result” of following Pharaoh’s orders, in Exodus 1, about baby boys. We see many such predictable — but not immediate — lethal results.
Understanding what perspectives and assumptions we bring to our Bible reading is crucial to any serious exploration.
The exchange of material goods between Mitzrayim-ites and Yisraeli-ites can be read as everything from “plunder” to “reparations.” And that’s only part of the complications in this text.