This glossary describes 10 key words to assist with a better understanding of the text for teaching about the Book of Exodus.

Covenant - An agreement between two parties. In the Exodus, the Covenant is between God and the Israelites. The Old Testament is mainly made up of the story of the Covenant. Throughout the Bible, the Covenant is that of devine promise. 'Ark of the Covenant' was a portable box where the stone tablets (commandments, law) were kept safe.

Exodus - Means 'departure'. It is also the name given to the second book of Pentateuch in the Old Testament. Moses and the Israelites leave (flee) Egypt; liberation from slavery.

Law - Rules in which people are to live by. The Covenant is made up of laws, about slavery, murder, theft, morality (etc), many rules in which (Gods) people need to abide by. Laws are commonly found in the Pentateuch; the Ten Commandments.

Passover - The final plague where the firstborn was taken by the 'Angel of Death' (God). Modern day; it's a celebration for the Jewish community to commemorate the Exodus.

Pentateuch - The Greek term for 'five scrolls' or 'five-part book' (Crotty, 2003). The name given to the first five books in the Old Testament. Commonly refered to as the "Five Books of Moses" (p.1020) and "Pentateuch contains some of the most religious concepts shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims." (Espin & Nickoloff, 2007, p.1020)

Pharaoh - The name given to the Kings of Egypt. Ruled with a large army of civil servants. It is thought that Pharaoh Rameses II reigned in the time of Moses and he is thought to be the one refered to in the Book of Exodus (Porter, 1995; Brown et al., 1992).

Sabbath - In Christianity, it is the seventh day of the week, the 'Lords day'. A day to rest after the labour of the working week. In relation to when the Lord rested in the creation story (Genesis). A day for visiting a temple and rejoicing in the Lord. Outlined in Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-17. The seventh Commandment. A Law given by God.

Tabernacle - From the Latin word 'tabernaculum'. Tent or hut used for religious purposes (Espin & Nickoloff, 2007). Browning (1996, p. 361) and Brown et al. (1992, p. 395) both describe it as "A portable sanctuary". It was like a tent, where the Ark of the Covenant (tablets of the Ten Commandments) was placed inside, that stood in a large open space surrounded by curtains. Later a temple was errected for this purpose. Modern day; it is a small locked cupboard situated behind the alter inside the church were consecrated host are kept.

Ten Commandments - The law God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai, which he wrote on stone tablets (Exodus 20:1-17). Ethical principles that are the foundation of faith, religion. States the ways in which God wants His followers to live their lives.

Unleavened Bread - Bread made without yeast. Pure from fermentation. The Israelites were to eat unleavened bread for 7 days leading up to the Passover.

Yahweh - A name used for God in the Old Testament. Originally YHWH, which is unprenouncable, so the vowels were added and it was interpreted as Yahweh. Means "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14). Another translation Browning (1996) cites is "He causes to be what exists" (p. 403), this is also mentioned in The Catholic Youth Bible (2004, p. 64).