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 routine within the booklet of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. employing a couple of insights from literary idea, Keith Bodner bargains a demonstration of extra integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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A comparison with the plague stories (Exod 11:1) brings out a notable contrast. While plagues are visited upon the Egyptians in both cases, the reasons differ. In Exodus, the conduct of the Egyptians elicits them. ” 11 F. V. Greifenhagen, Egypt on the Pentateuch’s Ideological Map: Constructing Biblical Israel’s Identity (JSOTSup 361; Shefﬁeld: Shefﬁeld Academic Press, 2002) 31. 10 Images of Egypt in Genesis 23 OTHER REFRACTIONS There are several other texts where Egypt is mentioned or alluded to in the Abraham narrative, and in this section three are discussed: the perception of Lot in Gen 13:10; God’s words to Abraham about his descendants in Gen 15:13–14; and several scenes that involve the character of Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant.
In both cases, the desired result leads to unforeseen consequences” (citing Wenham, Genesis 16–50 [WBC; Dallas: Word, 1994] 7–8). 20 Fretheim, “The Book of Genesis,” 429. 21 Thomas B. Dozeman, “The Wilderness and Salvation History in the Hagar Story,” JBL 117 (1998) 23–43; cf. Athalya Brenner, “Female Social Behavior: Two Descriptive Patterns within the ‘Birth of the Hero’ Paradigm,” VT 36 (1986) 257–73. Images of Egypt in Genesis 27 an encounter at a well or spring of water, and endure a deadly crisis with their offspring.
Exodus introduces the nation of Israel. It introduces prophecy. It introduces law. 6 From the sons of the Jacob listed in the opening verses an entire people will emerge, and so the ﬁrst segment of the book operates as a preface to nationhood. In the comment of Carol Meyers quoted above, we also notice that she uses the term “tribes,” since the sons of Jacob eventually become the tribes of Israel apportioned throughout the promised land. 7 For Siebert-Hommes, the opening segment of Exodus that itemizes the names of the sons is not incidental: “The future of the twelve sons of Israel is dependent upon one son who is indebted for his birth and existence to twelve women.