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Exodus in the Fathers

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When trying to understand the profound effect Exodus had on the Fathers, one need look no further than the church's liturgy, its preaching and its teaching. Much of the commentary of the Fathers on Exodus is found in their liturgy, sacramental treatises, homilies, and catechetical instruction in preparation for Baptism. There are a number of issues that intrigued the Fathers in the discussion of Exodus and the burning bush. This chapter focuses on the three that received the most attention: the identity of the Angel of the Lord who appeared in the bush; the significance of the unconsumed bush; and the significance of the statement, "I am who I am". The Fathers insisted that the Ten Commandments should be part of the basic instruction of the catechumens in the church since they provided the basis for a "rational and godly way of living".

Keywords: baptism; catechetical instruction; Christian church; Exodus; Fathers; Ten Commandments

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