The latest meeting of the Uniting-Jewish Dialogue group was held in Melbourne at the Uniting Churches Centre or Theology and Ministry on Tuesday 29 October. The main theme of the morning discussion was the idea, theme and book of Exodus.
Rev Dr Howard Wallace presented on the theme for the Uniting Church. Howard looked at how the image and idea of exodus has influenced the New Testament with images of exodus throughout the gospels. He also traced the idea of exodus in Christian theology, including in the late-20th century Liberation theology movement.
The notion of exodus has also been important to the development of Christian spirituality – featuring in key protestant works such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, but also to a significant degree in our English hymnody. Howard also looked at the archaeological and scholarly developments on exodus as an event through the 20th century, noting that there had been two prominent ideas – either by an emergence from within the local population rather than a large translocation, or as a relatively small infiltration into the community with only occasional conflict.