• Greek: ex, out; odos, way


The second book of the Bible, thus named because it relates the departure of the Jews from Egypt and a part of their wanderings through the wilderness, as far as Mount Sinai. The most convenient division is

  • events preceding the going out of Egypt (1-12)
  • the going out of Egypt and the journey to Mount Sinai (13-18)
  • the promulgation of the first installments of the Mosaic Law (19-31)
  • the apostasy of the Jews (the golden calf), reconciliation, and renewal of the Covenant (32-34)
  • construction of the Tabernacle (35-40)

MLA Citation

  • “Exodus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 October 2018. Web. 6 March 2021. <>