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"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 fairly self-contained unit, yet suggesting that significant plot routine within the booklet of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected right here. employing a few insights from literary idea, Keith Bodner deals a demonstration of extra integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative Read more...

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

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R. R. Reno, Genesis (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible; Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2010) 148. Robert Alter, Genesis: Translation and Commentary [New York: W. W. ’ ” See also Fretheim, “The Book of Genesis: Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections,” pp. 321–674 in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 6, edited by L. E. Keck (Nashville: Abingdon, 1994) 428: “God’s action constitutes the turning point in the story, in spite of Abram’s duplicity. A comparison with the plague stories (Exod 11:1) brings out a notable contrast.

But on the threshold of Egypt, Abraham’s opening dialogue in vv. 11–13 is fraught with apprehension and the potential for death as he speaks to his wife Sarai: “Behold, I know that you are a beautiful woman, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say ‘This is his wife,’ and they will kill me, but let you live. ” Based on Abraham’s actions and first words in the story, Egypt is initially pictured as a place to escape the crisis in Canaan, but also a spatial setting where danger lurks. As he predicted, the beauty of Sarah attracts Egyptian attention and she is taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Since Exodus begins with an enumeration of the sons of Jacob who entered Egypt during Joseph’s tenure as viceroy of the land, the reader is given a laconic summary of the story of Genesis that ends with a coffin in Egypt. Moreover, the opening sequence (Exod 1:6–7) records the Israelites’ proliferation, and thus refers back to Gen 12:2 where Abraham is told he will become the progenitor of a great nation. ” In the case of the initial scenes of 1 J. Hillis Miller, Reading Narrative (Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory 18; Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998) 57.

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