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  • 1. Introducing Trotter
    • Archetypes
      • A universal truth shared by all people becomes the model for specific situations
      • You can say: “That’s my story, too.”
    • Remember myth and truth discussion
      • Trotter: “Or as I heard someone say, a myth is a true story, and it may also have happened.”
  • 2. Trotter on Exodus’s function
    • What is the function of the Exodus as an archetype?
      • Defines a people/nation/community
      • Created and understood by a specific group of people
        • Examples?
        • ACTIVITY:
        • Take five minutes and think of a story that a group tells over time and which helps create a sense of community.
  • 3. From your reading…
    • Answer in your notebook and be prepared to discuss:
    • What is the message of the exodus?
    • What is that deeper meaning in the exodus story that we can make use of in our own lives?
  • 4. “ We Have a Story”
      • What is the thesis of “We Have a Story”?
        • The story of the Exodus is the most important and useful of all biblical stories because it reveals the way God works throughout history, and it contains an eternal truth that has the power to unite all people
  • 5. More Trotter
    • What is the eternal/universal truth of the exodus story?
        • People have an innate desire to move from slavery/bondage/hardship to freedom/liberation/a better life.
    • What is the religious truth of the exodus story?
        • God’s great love for the created world is expressed in the desire to move people from slavery/bondage/hardships to freedom/liberation/better life
  • 6. Exodus’s Power to Unite
      • How does the exodus story have the power to unite all people?
        • Everyone has experienced a form of human bondage, enslavement, or hardship
          • Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
          • The result of economic oppression, political repression, religious persecution
        • Everyone desires freedom, liberation, and a better life
  • 7. Introduction to Exodus
    • “ We Have a Story” by Mark Trotter
      • What are some examples from history that display how can everyone relate to the Exodus Story?
        • The Pilgrims
        • African-American Slaves in the American South
        • Immigrants to the United States
      • These groups have re-membered the Exodus Story in their own experiences
        • Story has the power to unite us with the past
  • 8. Where do you see yourself in Trotter/the exodus story?
      • How is the Exodus Story also your story?
        • What are some of the things that hold you back from living freely?
        • What do you need to be liberated from?