Use of 'exodus' terminology in the NT

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David Matthew | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Oct 20 2015 9:29 AM

I'm wanting to find places in the NT where the Christian experience is described or alluded to in terms that reflect the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their journey to the promised land.

I'm sure the immense capabilities of Logos must make such a search possible, but can anyone advise me, please, on how best to go about it? Many thanks!

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David P. Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2015 10:45 AM

I can't think of any way to do that right off, but you might get some helpful info to start with if you do a search like bondage NEAR egypt NEAR sin across your whole library. Also consider reference words like the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery.

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Brian Losabia | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2015 12:04 PM

The first Logos resource I thought of when I saw your query was Fr. Devin Roza's Fulfilled in Christ.  Here's a screen shot of the entry for Crossing of the Red Sea, under Baptism.  I really like this resource a lot.

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Rick Brannan (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2015 12:06 PM

Hi David Matthew.

David Matthew:
I'm wanting to find places in the NT where the Christian experience is described or alluded to in terms that reflect the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their journey to the promised land.

One option might be to search for persons or places involved in the Exodus, or the portion of the narrative you're concerned with.

Another option would be to do a Basic search of a collection of New Testament commentaries for the references you're concerned with. Here's a fairly blunt example of searching an auto-generated collection (commentaries with series name that includes "New Testament") for references to Exodus:

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David Sloan | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2015 1:59 PM

It looks like many of the above solutions miss a lot of the allusions. For example, when Jesus feeds the multitude and crosses the "Sea" (Lake Gennesaret is hardly a "sea"; that word may be used as a reminder of the story of the crossing of the Sea in Exodus), probably all the Evangelists saw this as an allusion to the exodus narrative. Clearly John did, as John states that the people were concluding that surely Jesus is the prophet who was to come (see Deut 18:18ff and Deut 34:10-12; see also the discussion through the rest of John 6). I am not sure what the best way to find all of this is in Logos, but you might want to search your library for "new exodus."

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 20 2015 4:57 PM

David Matthew:
I'm wanting to find places in the NT where the Christian experience is described or alluded to in terms that reflect the exodus ...

Do you have the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament? If so, it has an Index at the back, and under Old Testament | Exodus it lists all the places where it refers to the book of Exodus. That might be a good starting point.

Of course, there are many other passages in the OT that refer back to the Exodus (especially in Psalms and the latter prophets), and the NT refers to those at times as well. Beale's commentary on Revelation (NIGTC) also has an index listing the allusions to Exodus in the Apocalypse (which he sees as loaded with OT references).

Some of what you're asking may have to do with realizing why the NT writers saw the Jesus event as paralleling the exodus event. The exodus was the time when God delivered his people from other rule and formed them into his own people, his own nation.

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David Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 22 2015 4:02 AM

A big thank you to you all for taking the time and trouble to repond. Your suggestions certainly give me some pointers to the way forward.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 22 2015 5:10 AM

If you have not read from N.T. Wright yet, he has written extensively on this. I am not sure whether you would find his writings easy to read since he writes academically, but he makes observations that go beyond finding words and quotations. He looks at ideas. His approach does not look at the original Exodus only but also at the reverse Exodus from Exile back to Israel. You may find it interesting or useful. The New Testament and the People of God is the foundational volume. Jesus and the Victory of God is also key.

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 22 2015 6:38 AM

This video may help  give you what you are looking for David

https://blog.logos.com/2015/10/how-to-instantly-spot-nt-allusions-to-the-ot/ 

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David Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 22 2015 9:32 AM

Yes, Lonnie. I came across this video, and it helped me immensely. For anybody who may be interested, what I did in the end is as follows:

  1. I ran a Passage Guide on the whole of Exodus.
  2. In the report I found the Parallel Passages section, which has a subsection on allusions to Exodus in the NT.
  3. I deleted everything except the 'Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament' section.
  4. I exported what remained to a MS Word file, where I was able to work through it and remove the items not applicable to what I was looking for.
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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 25 2016 8:18 PM

Logos Now added "New Testament Use of the Old Testament" in Logos 6.8 that allows Exodus source to be selected plus display Original Language:

Interactive shows Exodus source of 60 uses:

  • 27 Allusions
  • 19 Citations
  • 9 Quotations
  • 5 Echos

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 3:48 AM

David Matthew:
I'm sure the immense capabilities of Logos must make such a search possible, but can anyone advise me, please, on how best to go about it? Many thanks!

I would start with some of the resources that record allusions of the OT in the New. You probably own Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament. An alternative is the New Testament Use of the Old Testament interactive already mentioned.

If you want to search, rather than look at a guide, then you'll need Logos Now. If you have that, you should use the Intertext labels, which I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned. There's a section in the search help that shows you how to use them:

You might want to adjust the Bible passages covered, but something like this might do:

{Label Intertext WHERE Source ~ <Ex 6-40>}

You can open the information panel to determine the precise relationship with any specific text, or create a linkset to the OT Quotations and Allusions resource:

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 4:40 AM

Mark Barnes:

you'll need Logos Now. If you have that, you should use the Intertext labels, which I'm surprised no-one else has mentioned.

Good suggestion, Mark, but most of this discussion was back in October and the Intertext capability wasn't available then

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 5:55 AM

Graham Criddle:
Good suggestion, Mark, but most of this discussion was back in October and the Intertext capability wasn't available then

That would explain it!

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Steve Caswell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 26 2016 6:26 PM

There are many types seen in the Passover fulfilled in the life and death of Christ. The blood of the lamb speaks of redemption. Jesus applied the cup in the Passover feast shared with his disciples to his blood as the new covenant. See John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19 and Eph 1:7. The blood on the doorposts saved the Jews from God's judgment. We too are saved by the blood of the Lamb. We are forgiven and free from bondage when we were previously dead in our trespasses and sins.  The Lamb's body which they ate and received into their lives speaks of regeneration. By eating the Lamb  they received strength and new life for their journey to the promised land. When we are born again we receive Christ into our lives. He lives in us and transforms us from the inside out. John 6 speaks about this when Jesus describes Himself as the Bread of life. Galatians 2:20 describes our identification with Christ's death and resurrection. The Unleavened bread made from a new lump of dough speaks of Christ's righteousness imputed to us by faith. Christ was born of a virgin, he was sinless, lived a perfect life, keeping the law and going about doing good. His perfect life accredited to us by faith. Philippians 3:8-9 On the night of His betrayal Jesus took the unleavened bread and applied it to Himself. God looks on us as sinless and without spot, blemish and sin because of Jesus perfect life. Our holiness, our righteousness comes from Christ. See Isa 53:3 -9 Paul ties Christ's life to the Passover Lamb in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.

All that we need to be right with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ. He redeems from sin's penalty and bondage. If the Son sets you free you are free indeed. He gives us a new birth as we receive Him into our lives by faith. We are reborn and become God's children. And we receive a righteous stand with God by our union with Jesus who became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Praise God Jesus has done it all. He cried out forgive them on the cross. He also cried out it is finished meaning that we cannot add to it or take away from it. Salvation is a gift received by faith and only requires us to repent and ask God to forgive us.

God be praised

Steve Caswell

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