Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date



Theology and Christian Ministry, College of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Mark McEntire

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The book of Exodus plays a crucial role in the development of God’s relationship to Israel, as the Israelites recognize theglory of YHWH and are allowed only glimpses of what they hope tosee in full. Exodus 33:12-23 is wedged between the Israelites’ golden calf idolatry and the renewal of God’s covenant with Israel. Moses’ intercession is the crucial turning point where God decides to keep His promise to be present with His people as they continue their journey through the wilderness. This promise is later realized as God’s presence descends on the tabernacle at the end of Exodus. In the midst of the puzzling merging of the Pentateuch’s sources in Exodus 33, Moses’ intercession reveals the complications of a divine-human friendship and God’s willingness to communicate with His people in spite of their sin.