By Keith Bodner
"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 publication of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected right here. employing a couple of insights from literary idea, Keith Bodner bargains a demonstration of additional 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.
10 The reiteration of Joseph’s death also marks a change in the atmosphere of the story. Earlier in Genesis there is a concern about death from the famine, and in order to survive, the sons of Jacob venture to Egypt to buy food. Although the famine is over by the end of the book of Genesis, the family remains in Egypt, and conditions must be comfortable enough to generate such exponential growth. 11 The beginning of Exodus is marked by a change in nomenclature that persists for the rest of the story.
First, after the funeral of Jacob, the brothers are scared that with their father gone Joseph will seize the opportunity and seek retribution for their crimes against him in an outburst of schadenfreude. ” Throughout the vicissitudes of Genesis this theme has been operative: despite myriad hardships and often self-inﬂicted disasters of human actors in the story, God consistently transforms Fretheim, “The Book of Genesis,” 652. Alter, Genesis, 274. Greifenhagen (Egypt on the Pentateuch’s Ideological Map, 43) argues that after Jacob’s death, the journey taken by the funeral entourage is not geographically straightforward: “Jacob insists that he should not be buried in Egypt (49:29–32), and when he dies and is embalmed, a funeral procession winds its way back to Canaan for the burial (50:2–14).