The Art of Synecdoche: Exodus & Conquest in Scripture
"The people of God are caught up and participate in the new Exodus so that they might serve God and one another while the promised royal priesthood of God is congealed in a new and dramatic manner; they are to live holy lives in the world."
What The Iliad and The Odyssey were to the Greeks and what The Aeneid was to the Romans, the book of Exodus was to the Hebrews. It was the story within which they defined their own lives as a story. Let the reader understand: the Exodus event was paradigmatic or world defining for the ancient Hebrew. It is a lens through which the Israelites understood their relationship with God. It became a grammar for how they understood and explained the connections and disconnections in their lives.