‘Let my people go!’

Posted by ap507 at Dec 17, 2014 12:11 PM |
Professor John Coffey discusses how the real story of Exodus incited social revolution

Eager viewers may be awaiting the chance to see the clash between Moses and Pharaoh brought to life on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s new biblical epic film ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, but the original story of Exodus has been put to better use throughout the centuries championing political causes, according to Professor John Coffey from the School of History.

In a new book entitled Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. published through Oxford University Press, Professor Coffey argues that over the centuries the Exodus story has been used for political reasons as an empowering story about overcoming slavery and oppression. 

“At a superficial level, it’s the most spectacular of biblical epics, crammed with plagues and miracles, climaxing in the drowning of Pharaoh’s chariots and horsemen in the Red Sea," says Professor Coffey. "At a deeper level, it has been read as a story about oppression and deliverance, slavery and liberation.”

Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. is published through Oxford University Press and is available now to order through the University Bookshop.

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