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The second book of the Bible, so named because it relates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt and their wandering through the desert up to Mount Sinai. There are five principal parts to the book: events in Egypt before the exodus (1-12), leaving Egypt and the journey to Mount Sinai (13-18), promulgation of the first precepts of the Mosaic law (19-31), apostasy of the Jews, reconciliation and renewal of the Covenant (32-34), construction of the Tabernacle (35-40).