The Book of Exodus chronicles the time the Israelites entered Egypt to the moment they were delivered from Egypt’s cruelty. Originally, the Israelites, also known as Jews, encountered Egypt as guests of Joseph, who was quite an influential and powerful man there. The early chapters of this book depict the Israelites cruel slavery under Pharaoh, Moses’ rise as their deliverer, the “Plagues” with which God smites the Egyptians for their leader’s disobedience to Him, and their departure from Egypt.
The middle part of the book concerns the people wandering in the wilderness. Despite God’s provision of manna and water for them, the Ten Commandments which He himself writes on tablets of stone, among other things, the people are still not satisfied and thus continue to rebel against Him.
The last portion in the book depicts the building of the Ark of the Covenant and construction of the Tabernacle that was set up and taken down each time the Israelites moved.