I’m teaching a bible course at my church using the Catholic Exchange bible study materials. Next up is the book of Exodus.
Having been a student in prior courses on Exodus, I’m sure that some controversial issues will arise; in particular, the notions that some of the miracles, especially the plagues, were not miraculous at all but natural events.
I am aware of some of the arguments against these being naturally occurring events (i.e. if the “Sea of Reeds” was shallow and naturally lowered by a strong wind, isn’t it miraculous that the waters were able to drown the Egyptian army?"), but I’d like to find:
- a good commentary or two on Exodus in general
- a good source for debunking the non-miraculous explanations
Yes, I agree that God could work miracles through nature. But I think these events went well beyond natural occurrences.
An example of 1) would be the book I used for the previous study on the Gospel of John: Steven Ray’s book St. John’s Gospel. It is wonderful, and I highly recommend it!
edited to add:
Oh, yeah, any on-line citations would be appreciated!