"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Exodus 1:6-22; 15:20--6:8 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
Introduction: A Sprawling Story -- The Exodus
This week's assigned narrative lectionary text is a big, sprawling story -- the story of the Exodus, plus a few verses from the start of the Wilderness story.
The challenge is rather daunting: how does one preach such a long story?
Wouldn't it be a great deal easier to preach a parable that is just a few verses long? Of course! But this reality is the very thing that gave birth to the reason why something like the narrative lectionary is necessary -- people don't know the longer stories of the Bible. And people don't know the overall biblical story.
So embrace the challenge with us and tackle this long, sprawling narrative.
Preaching such a long story may require that we all figure out how to preacher longer sermons.
(That's right -- I said longer.) Preaching this story may also require that we break up either the reading of the lesson or the delivery of the message with music or other liturgical interventions.
Now, to the text.
The first part of the lesson begins by reporting the death of Joseph and his brothers. After which, it is implied, a long time passed: "the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and ...
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Narrative Lectionary 004: Exodus
October 02, 2011
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Exodus, Exod 1:6-22; 15:20--16:8