Exodus 1- Joseph served a Pharaoh. That Pharaoh died. Exodus calls Jacob’s family Hebrews. The next Pharaoh enslaved the Hebrews. The Pharaoh used their labor to build two cities, which suggests the Hebrews were a large population. Pharaoh's fear of them as a military force also suggests a large group. One wonders how the Pharoah’s action did not result in a civil war. The Hebrews had two midwives. That suggests a small population of Hebrews. Pharaoh ordered Egyptians to kill male Hebrew boys. One wonders what the Hebrews, other than Moses's family did to protect their children. Exodus 2 A daughter of Pharaoh raised a Hebrew by, Moses, who left Egypt because he killed a man. He lived in Midian, and he married Midianite woman. Exodus 3 God sends a reluctant Moses to Pharaoh God says, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: I have no clue about the nature of the sign. However there is a list later in the text. Moses wanted to know God’s name, and God says that his name is “I am.” This verse could be the most important verse in Exodus. God says he will help to convince the king, oddly not Pharaoh, to let the Hebrews leave Egypt with plunder. Exodus 4 A reluctant Moses does not want to go to Egypt. God answers Moses’ objection. In Exodus 3:7, I imagine there must have been a long pause after God finished his sales pitch while God, like any good salesman, waited for Moses' objections and Moses summoned the courage to object. Genesis 4 says that at “a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. ... " That does seem a bit counterproductive. Aaron, Moses, and the Hebrew elders met. One might guess they planned what to do, but Exodus does not say. Exodus 5 Moses and Aaron tell Pharaoh that God wants Pharaoh to ‘Let my people go, ...” The fact that Pharaoh had time to talk to Moses and Aaron suggests to me that the Hebrews held some kind of political power in Egypt even though they were like Polish people in Detroit, Indians in New Mexico, or Japanese people in California during the early part of the twentieth century. Pharaoh refused to allow the Hebrews to leave. The Hebrews made adobe bricks. Maybe for Egyptian air conditioners. Wet adbobe is said to be a good air conditioner.