by Liz Shallenberger - January 23, 2015
Bo covers the tail end of the Exodus, which is fodder for all kinds of discussions. Tonight I have decided to settle on the plague of darkness, and the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. As with every drash, I did my usual routine of picking over the commentary: and, as with every drash, I had more questions than answers. Is the darkness simply an effective scare tactic, or is it a metaphor for the absence of God’s light. Why does God harden Pharaoh’s heart, when it appears that Pharaoh is about to cave? I think the Hebrews were pretty well-convinced of the Egyptian leader’s despicable nature, by that point.