It is Abraham in Genesis and Moses in Exodus whose experiences that pave the
way for the beginning of the Jewish culture. These two books, give both a history and
culture to the Jews. Through Abraham’s covenant with God, and Moses leading the Jews
out of Egypt, the Jewish people gain a sense of individualism for the first time. Steering
free from oppression, and inheriting a new confidence, the Jews are finally ready to
cultivate a nation.
In Genesis, after chapter 11, God promises Abraham that his decedents will
forever be his “Chosen People”, and that He will make Abraham the father of a multitude
of nations through his descendants. God tells Abraham, at the age of 75, that Sarah, his
wife, would bear a child. God also has Abraham and Sarah migrate to Canaan. On a trip
to Egypt for food, the Egyptians notice Sarah’s beauty and order her to go before the
Pharaoh. Abraham lies and says that Sarah is his sister to escape a possible death, but the
Pharaoh soon realizes the truth. Luckily, before the Pharaoh could react, God intervenes
However, if these hardships and adversities were not enough to deal with, several decades of waiting passes as the fulfilling of God"tms promises begin to look bleak. By Abraham"tms covenant with God, and Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, two characteristics of these men are prevalent; Their patience and faith in God to guide them through any unforeseen hurdles, is not only what their accomplishments were based upon, but also what is expected out of a devout follower in the Jewish religion. Because of this, he had no solid ties with either side so when God came to him in the form of a burning bush and told him to convince the Pharaoh to let the oppressed Jews free from Egypt, he would do so. How could this man, Abraham, continue to believe Abraham"tms two characteristics, which are both extraordinary, are his patience and his faith. ickening the Pharaoh and his household with a disease until the Pharaoh has to let them go. The Pharaoh rejected Moses"tm wishes, and became so angry that he ordered the Jews to perform a heavier work load. Now neither the Egyptians nor the Jews are happy with Moses. Together, Abraham and Moses"tm patience and faith in God ultimately results in these longtime-oppressed people to be recognized as individuals as part of the Jewish Religion. Moses"tm interaction with God provides a bonding between God and His people, as well as setting forth laws for them to live by as part of an arising culture. However it is not until the Pharaoh"tms son is killed as a resultthat the Pharaoh gives in and lets the Jews go. God instills powers upon Moses, and with these powers Moses inflicts various plagues upon the Egyptians. Now with God behind them, Abraham, his family, and his eventual decedents are breaking away from their once-helpless niche in the world to become their own people, and their own religion. These events leading up until now have been a basis for the Jewish history, but it is Moses"tm interaction with God as dealt with in Exodus that formulates the Jewish culture. His faith is remarkable as he believes that not only will his wife give birth, but also that his children will carry the torch as "The Chosen People".