oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Exodus - Ethnic identity or revolutionary memory?

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The concept of redemption is central to an understanding of the mission of the church. liberation theology elevated the exodus motif to its hermeneutical key, while conventional Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical schools concentrate on issues surrounding covenant, law and grace. As part of a project to reconceptualise the soteriological agenda in more holistic and genuinely biblical terms, this essay traces the trajectory of the exodus-conquest paradigm through biblical history. It finds that, in biblical times, the exodus motif did not play an emancipatory role, but rather defined the identity of the Israelites / Jews as the chosen people of God.

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