The book of Exodus begins with a review of who came down to Egypt. It reminds us that seventy souls, all from one family, the children of Israel, all descendants of Jacob, came as a unit to settle in Egypt. It tells us that they multiplied and became very strong and they expanded throughout the land.
Discuss with your children:
- If we already know something why do we review it?
- Do you think that reviews are useful? When are they useful and when not?
- What types of books begin with a summary?
- List the pros and cons of beginning a book with a summary.
- If the book of Exodus did not start with a summary do you think that the tone of the book would be different?
- Summarize a book that you liked.
- Summarize a book that you did not like.
- The beginning of the book of Exodus reminds us that seventy souls descended into Egypt. These were all members of one family. They were known, and are still known today as the children of Israel.
- Make a list of your closest seventy relatives.
- Where do they live?
- If they are spread out would you like them to all live near you? How do you think that it would change your life?
- Why does the Bible say seventy souls and not seventy people?
- Research the children of Israel.
- Who are they?
- Do they exist today?
- Where do they live today?
- Are they still known as the children of Israel?
- Make a chart with the advantages and disadvantages of living near your extended family.
- Jacob’s family, the children of Israel, all came down to Egypt. In Egypt the families grew and spread out.
- Write a newspaper article or journal entry from the point of view of an Egyptian who did not like the fact that the children of Israel spread out.
- Write a newspaper article or journal entry from the point of view of one of the children of Israel.
- Write a different summary that would be appropriate for the beginning of the book of Exodus.