Can you give me an outline of the book of Exodus?

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When it comes to outline, no two scholars will agree. The reason for this is twofold. First, books are complex and therefore there can be several different outlines. We need to remember that the books of the Bible do not come with outlines. Second, people are different and so they approach texts differently. In light of this, let me give you two basic outlines that might help. 

First, we can break the book of Exodus down by geography. If we do this, then the book falls into three parts:

  1. Exodus 1:1-13:16 - Israel in Egypt
  2. Exodus 13:17-18:27 - Israel in the Wilderness
  3. Exodus 19:1-40:38 - Israel at Sinai

Second, we can break the book down by major events. If we do this, then the book also falls into three sections:

  1. Exodus 1:1-18:27 - God saves Israel from Egyptian Bondage
  2. Exodus 19:1-24:18 - God gives Israel His Law
  3. Exodus 25:1-40:38 - God commands Israel to Build his Tabernacle

Of course, other outlines are possible, but I have given two simple ways of looking at the book. 


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