New PDF release: An ark on the Nile : beginning of the Book of Exodus

By Keith Bodner

ISBN-10: 0198784074

ISBN-13: 9780198784074

"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the ebook of Exodus is a close-reading of Exodus 1-2 that analyzes the tale as a fairly self-contained unit, yet suggesting that significant plot hobbies within the booklet of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected right here. utilizing a couple of insights from literary thought, Keith Bodner deals a demonstration of extra integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative Read more...


This paintings deals a literary studying of the 1st chapters of the ebook of Exodus, demonstrating how they count on the plot and topics of the remainder of the booklet in addition to repeating motifs from Read more...

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Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, 551. 36 Images of Egypt in Genesis 37 assuaged by the steward. To be sure, in Gen 44:1–12 Joseph outlines a machination wherein the steward is the leading actor, but this tableau is only directed toward bringing about the reconciliation after a very long passage of time. Again, there are numerous reasons why the biblical writer could use the steward in these roles—simple plot contrivance could be among them—but one guesses there is a more significant utility. The pattern of anonymous minor characters who act on behalf of the sons of Israel certainly can be seen in Exodus 1–2.

Earlier Abraham acquired maidservants and menservants during his sojourn, but now his grandson is taken down to Egypt and sold as a slave. The Ishmaelites, who mediate the transaction by both 23 Jon D. Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993) 166. ’ ” Also, “the image of the brothers’ sheaves bowing while Joseph’s own remained upright (Gen 37:7) might have suggested that his supply of grain would be full when theirs had already given out.

Before that, however, it should be noted that Joseph’s steward follows up his words with actions confirming that nothing disingenuous can be found in the speech. He begins by bringing Simeon back to them, a token of good faith in the immediate context but for the reader it anticipates a more dramatic fraternal reunion shortly to come. 38 The steward’s welcome extends to caring for the donkeys; it sounds faintly ridiculous that the viceroy of Egypt would want to steal the brothers’ donkeys, but even this false fear is 35 Turner, Genesis, 185.

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