Bound for Freedom demonstrates that the book of Exodus presents a defining act of liberation not only in Judaism, but also in the Christian understanding of salvation history. That defining act, Larsson argues, takes place at Sinai with the giving of the Torah. Thus Exodus is not about unconditional freedom; rather, as the title of this book suggests, there is no freedom without boundaries. While doing justice to the historical setting of Exodus, Larsson stresses the history of theological interpretation, beginning with early Jewish interpretive traditions. The results illustrate both the vitality of those traditions and the spiritual and moral relevance of Exodus for today's reader.
Göran Larsson is a director at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies and Research and a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Among his many honors, he was the recipient of the 1990 Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award, given for his "dedication to encouraging greater understanding and respect between Christians and Jews."
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