The Exodus of Jesus

The Exodus of Jesus

The Exodus of Jesus

As we might expect in consideration of the numerous other parallels between Osiris and Jesus,578 Jesus’s pending death is described in the gospel of Luke (9:30–31) as an “exodus,” rendered in the RSV as “departure”:

And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli′jah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.

The pertinent pericope in the Greek is:

οἳ ὀφθέντες ἐν δόξῃ ἔλεγον τὴν ἔξοδον αὐτοῦ ἣν ἔμελλεν πληροῦν ἐν Ἰερουσαλήμ.

The relevant Greek term here is ἔξοδος exodos/exodus, which Strong’s (G1841) defines as:      

1) exit i.e. departure      

) the close of one’s career, one’s final fate      

3) departure from life, decease

This word ἔξοδος exodos is used at Hebrews 11:22 to describe Moses’s exodus as well, while at 2 Peter 1:15, the author speaks of his own coming demise as his exodos.

As concerns Jesus’s exodus out of Egypt, the New Testament (1 Cor 10:4) identifies Christ as the supernatural “Rock” which accompanied the Israelites out of bondage into the wilderness and from which Moses drew the lifegiving water. This motif is also reminiscent of Osiris’s role as the water god.

Moreover, Yahweh is depicted as saying, “Out of Egypt have I called my son” (Hos 1:11), which refers to Jacob/Israel, but which Christian doctrine associates with Jesus (Mt 2:15). We are assured, therefore, that Christ led the Israelites out of Egypt. Hence, it is his Exodus in question as well. The Bible claims moreover that Jesus ended up in Egypt when his parents fled there during the massacre of the innocents by Herod. Hence, again he exits out of Egypt.