This page will also discuss ''Leviticus'', ''Numbers'', ''Deuteronomy'' and ''Joshua'' for convenience.

'''''Exodus''''': 400 years after the Israelites' migration to Egypt at the end of Genesis, a new pharaoh subjects them to slavery and has all their newborn children killed. One baby escapes and is found by pharaoh's daughter and named Moses. As an adult, he kills an overseer for beating an Israelite and flees to the desert. He settles down into the life of a shepherd when he is called by God to liberate his brethren.

'''''Leviticus''''': The guide book about how the Israelites are to properly worship God.

'''''Numbers''''': The Israelites are on their way to ThePromisedLand while battling hostile nomadic peoples and internal dissension. Things do not go entirely to plan.

'''''Deuteronomy''''': [[AuthorFilibuster Moses' last instructions to the new generation of Israelites about to enter Canaan]].

'''''Joshua''''': Moses and the previous generation of Israelites are dead and its up to Joshua to lead the new generation in conquering the Promised Land.

''Joshua'' is followed by the Literature/BookOfJudges.
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!!These books contain the following tropes:

* AfterActionReport: According to tradition, these books were written near the end of Moses' and Joshua's lifetimes.
* BadassGrandpa:
** Moses was 120 when he died. Joshua finally became leader, at 80.
** Caleb, the other faithful spy along with Joshua, carries this UpToEleven in Joshua chapter 14. He states outright that he's 85 years old but doesn't feel a day over 40 and asks that his inheritance be a mountain fortress filled with Anakim, and confidently expresses his belief that God will give him victory over them. The name Anakim means giant and many bible scholars think Goliath was one of the last Anakim. Eighty-Five year old Caleb was asking to go fight an entire ''fortress'' full of giants.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Any person who is caught having sex with an animal is to be executed. The animal too, is considered DefiledForever by this act and must be slaughtered.
* BigBlackout: One of God's plagues upon Egypt was to plunge it into thick darkness.
* BittersweetEnding: The Israelites conquer Canaan but it's foretold the next generation will be unfaithful to God.
* BuryYourGays: The infamous Leviticus 20:13... Two men having sex with each other must be put to death.
* ChurchMilitant: Contrary to what you see in Film/TheTenCommandments, the worshipers of the golden calf were not swallowed up by the earth. God had Moses command the Levite priests to slaughter them. The swallowed up by the earth vent happened later, in an unrelated incident.
* CrazyPrepared / TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: The laws of Moses. Covers civil law, criminal law, public sanitation, religious rituals... It even gives some case studies for unusual events.
* DisproportionateRetribution: God's punishments for those who have broken one of His laws seem like this, probably to illustrate that His standards of morality are utterly unlike any human being's. (On the other hand, reparations for sins committed against other people are not to be more severe than the harm done.)
* DeusExMachina: Whenever the people of Israel are in need, God provides.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: God in the burning bush. "Remove your sandals, for the place where you are standing is HolyGround."
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Sea On Him]]: Pharaoh and those unfortunate Egyptian soldiers caught in the Red Sea at the wrong time.
* DontSaySuchStupidThings: This is how God sharply tells Moses to accept his assignment in leading His people out of Egypt.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Pharaoh in sharp contrast to two Hebrew midwives identified by name.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Exodus describes an exodus. Deuteronomy means "second law".
* FatalFlaw
** Moses' anger.
** Pharaoh's arrogance.
** Aaron's weak leadership.
** Miriam's jealousy of Moses.
** Joshua's overconfidence.
** Balaam continuing to antagonize the Israelites even after experiencing God's power.
* FauxFlame: An angel of the Lord speaks to Moses from a bush that burns but is not consumed.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Deut. 17:14 was about how to choose a good king, [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel centuries before any Israelite even thought this was a good idea]].
* GeoEffects: Taken advantage of by the Israelite army (and occasionally it also gets the better of them because they weren't right with God).
* GodWasMyCopilot: God (or a messenger thereof) shows up to help Joshua take town the city of Jericho.
* GoodIsNotNice: God didn't have any qualms in killing Egypt's firstborn in order for Pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery, and he doesn't have any compunctions in being heavy with His ''[[DisproportionateRetribution severe]]'' punishments on the Israelites if they sinned against Him.
* HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath: After Joshua's failed attack on Ai.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: While these books focus on the history of Israel, in one passage from Deuteronomy, the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites and Caphtorim (Philistines) could qualify. In Deuteronomy 2, Moses mentions in passing these nations driving out the Emims, Zamzummims, Horims, and Avims, other tribes or names for giants that were found in Caanan.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Pharaoh.
* HolyBacklight: Moses gets glowy from spending so much time in God's direct presence.
* HolyGround: TropeNamer.
** Moses sees a burning bush, which tells him to remove his shoes, because he is standing on Holy Ground.
** Prior to the attack on Jericho, Joshua is visited by the Captain of the Lord's Host, and is also told to remove his shoes because he is standing on holy ground.
* HolyIsNotSafe: Exodus 33:20 provides the page quote. Moses asks to see God's face, but He replies that seeing it would kill Moses. God arranges for Moses to see His back instead.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Pretty much what the law requires against sexual misconduct of a woman (Leviticus 21:9 and Deuteronomy 22:13-21) and disobedient children (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
* JewishComplaining: The Israelites, but this didn't please God whatsoever.
* JustSoStory - These books explain the origins of the names of places known only to Middle Easterners.
* KillEmAll: Well, all the first-born unprotected by lamb's blood, anyway.
* KillItWithWater: Drowning Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea.
* LyricalDissonance: The song of Moses (Deut. 32:1-43) which was sung as the Israelites finally entered the Promised Land. In the passages beforehand, God had flat out told Moses that his people were going to mess up badly in the end, and gave the song to Moses as a reminder of what they needed to do once that day came to repent. Nevertheless, it's about as uplifting as a kick in the balls.
* MeaningfulEcho: The generation after Moses crosses the Jordan river in a manner similar to how their parents crossed the Red Sea.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: The TropeNamer.
* OnlyFatalToAdults: Only those Israelites under the age of 20 make it to the Promised Land, the rest being wiped out by various means as a result of [[JewishComplaining their complaining]]...and the fact that they were a RagTagBunchOfMisfits wandering a vast expanse of desert for 40 years.
* PalsWithJesus: Moses talks to God all the time and spends a lot of time in His presence. He also got to see God's "back", whatever that's supposed to mean.
* PunishedForSympathy:
** Aaron's two sons, Nadab and Abihu, were burned to death by God because they were offering "strange fire". After this, God invokes this trope by warning Aaron not to mourn their deaths or He will kill him along with the rest of the Israelites.
** The Israelites complained to Moses about God [[DisproportionateRetribution burning 250 of the other Israelites for burning incense]]. As a result, God becomes enraged and kills 14,700 more of the Israelites.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Moses [[LameExcuse tries to talk his way out]] of having to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but God won't take no for an answer.
* SacredHospitality: Various clans get cursed for not extending it, Israel gets in trouble for being stupid about it (they made a promise they shouldn't have because they didn't consult God), and the laws of the new nation codify being kind to strangers, extending sanctuary for escaped slaves, etc.
* TakeAThirdOption: Joshua meets a stranger after prayer. He demands to know whether the stranger is an enemy or an ally. The stranger replies: "Neither, I'm here to command you." Joshua realizes [[GodWasMyCopilot Who he's talking to]].
* TakeThat: The Ten Plagues were this to the [[EgyptianMythology Egyptian Pantheon]].
* TenMinuteRetirement: Well, forty years for Moses, but who's counting?
* TorchesAndPitchforks: The crowds have a tendency to get a little volatile whenever things don't go exactly their way.
* ToThePain: Leviticus 26:14-39 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68 has a list of unpleasant things that God will do to His people if they don't obey His commandments.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Deuteronomy 22:5 abhors this trope:
-->''"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God."''
* WouldHurtAChild: God's killing of the firstborn of Egypt. Also the laws in which children are to be stoned to death for being disobedient to their parents.
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