By Keith Bodner
"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the publication of Exodus is a close-reading of Exodus 1-2 that analyzes the tale as a pretty self-contained unit, yet suggesting that significant plot activities within the publication of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. utilizing a few insights from literary conception, Keith Bodner bargains an indication of extra integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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This remark perspectives Exodus as a cultural record, protecting the collective stories of the Israelites and pertaining to them to the key associations and ideology that emerged by means of the tip of the time of the Hebrew Bible. it really is meant to assist the reader persist with the tale line of Exodus, comprehend its socio-cultural context, savour its literary positive factors, realize its significant subject matters and values, and likewise observe its interpretive and ethical difficulties.
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The epoch of the judges is a most turbulent one in Israelite history, and if a famine is added in the mix, an absorbing narrative is sure to follow. Or, take the ﬁrst lines of the book of Daniel: “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 5 The ﬁrst lines of Exodus do not contain this kind of drama, and furthermore, the reader who is coming directly from the book of Genesis has already seen a longer version of this list of names in Gen 46:8–27, albeit without the next generation of sons or the wives and mothers.
How Pharaoh ﬁnds out that he has been hoodwinked is not revealed in the story, but his anger is palpable— perhaps the plague renders him impotent—and results in the expulsion of Abraham. The ﬁnal combination of plagues, confrontation, and dismissal from Egypt serves to foreshadow the events of Exodus, and notwithstanding the serious differences and reversals, the episode hints that Abraham’s descendants will too depart Egypt with riches (more explicitly raised in Gen 15:14). For now, however, the initial images of Egypt are ambivalent, as F.
The last image in the book of Genesis is a cofﬁn in Egypt, a conclusion that must demand a sequel. ’” Merging the words and speeches of Abraham, Jacob, and now Joseph, the reader has ample expectations for the next phase of the story as the book of Exodus begins: oppression may be inevitable, but God will somehow orchestrate a departure. 41 R. N. Whybray, “Genesis,” pp. 38–66 in The Oxford Bible Commentary, edited by John Barton and John Muddiman (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001) 66. 2 Old Promise, New King The paradox of beginning is that one must have something solidly present and preexistent, some generative source or authority, on which the development of a new story may be based.