An ark on the Nile : beginning of the Book of Exodus by Keith Bodner

Old Testament

By Keith Bodner

"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the booklet 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 pursuits within the publication of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. utilizing a few insights from literary idea, Keith Bodner bargains a demonstration of additional integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative Read more...


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

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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. J. Hillis Miller1 In any sequel to a great literary work there are elements of continuity and discontinuity, and when turning to the opening chapters of the book of Exodus there are immediate points of contact with the preceding Genesis narrative.

God’s word to Abraham in Gen 15:13 reveals that his descendants would be enslaved and afflicted for 400 years in another country (cf. Exod 12:40–1). Moreover, an overriding image of Egypt in the Abraham cycle is a temporary place of survival and potential riches, but at the price of danger, seduction, and the threat of death; in short, a place of shelter with the potential for destruction hanging over it. 3 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, the ones who entered Egypt with Jacob, each man who came with his house: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.

But your youngest brother you will bring to me, so your words can be 31 Cf. the summary of Brent A. Strawn, “Pharaoh,” pp. 631–6 in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, edited by T. Desmond Alexander and David W. ” They did so. Then they said to one another, “Truly, we are guilty for our brother! We saw his soul’s distress when he cried for mercy to us, and we didn’t listen! ” Reuben answered them, saying, “Didn’t I say to you, ‘Don’t sin against the boy’? ” But they did not know that Joseph was listening, because an interpreter was between them.

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