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Dana McCabe: Music

"Exodus"

(Dana McCabe)
November 1, 2006
e. gold / p. boone arr by mccabe / wooten

Exodus ©1961

(p. boone & e. gold / arranged by d. mccabe & k. wooten 2005)

“...I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more...” 2 Samuel 7:10

"In days to come, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' say to him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD
brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery...”
Exodus 13:14

“…if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Galatians 3:29

This has been a favorite song of mine since I was small. They used to play the Ferrante and Teicher version during intermission at the drive-in theater. We kids listened to it on the playground in front of the big screen ‘til the movie started again and we climbed back into the car with our folks (for those of you who are not from
my century :-> I invite you to explore these links... DriveInMovie.com, and Ferrante and Teicher's two-piano "Exodus" ). Even without words, it was a song that moved even my childish heart.

“Exodus” speaks to me on two levels...

It is, first and foremost, just a great piece of music, with lyrics to stir the most complacent heart. It’s all about going forward against all apparent odds and claiming the promise of God Almighty, and standing in the knowledge of who He is. The score was composed in 1960 by Ernest Gold for the movie “Exodus”, based on the novel by Leon Uris. The lyrics were added in 1961 by Pat Boone. The book and the movie are centered around the upheaval that accompanied the emergence of Israel as an independent nation in 1948.

And so the second level...

As I have watched the pictures and hear the reports coming from the recent war zone at the Israel-Lebanon border I know that I am witnessing an ancient battle. This song reminds me that what was happening in 1948, what is happening now, and what was happening when Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt, are all part of a great
wheel of events that is so much bigger than we are.

What about that third scripture up there? What’s that mean?

Just what it says...no more...no less. Read it again. Then go back and read all of Galations 3, and understand, well and truly, just who it is who are called sons and daughters of God, the inheritors of His promise.


There was a good deal of controversy generated when “Exodus” was published. This quote from Reason magazine pretty much sums it up shortly...

“The issue of Exodus metamorphosing into a template for perceiving Israel was contentious even at the time of the novel's release.” Charles Paul Freund from Reason online, June 30, 2003

If you’re interested in exploring more about Leon Uris and his book, I offer the following links...

Commentary on Uris and his work by United Jewish Communities

Commentary on Uris and his work by UK’s Guardian

Commentary on Uris and his work by Reason magazine