By Keith Bodner
"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the e-book 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 right here. employing a few insights from literary conception, Keith Bodner bargains a demonstration of additional integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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But in Genesis 37 there is a slightly different depiction, as Egypt becomes a place for the brothers to hide their guilt. Though the market for slaves in Egypt may sound an ominous note, it certainly helps to assuage the brothers’ collective conscience here. Earlier Abraham acquired maidservants and menservants during his sojourn, but now his grandson is taken down to Egypt and sold as a slave. The Ishmaelites, who mediate the transaction by both 23 Jon D. Levenson, The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacriﬁce in Judaism and Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993) 166.
39 40 Images of Egypt in Genesis 39 evil designs into something good that results in the saving of many lives. Joseph’s slavery and adversity epitomize what the nation will soon experience, and the brothers may have acted as evil as any tyrannical Pharaoh, but God’s promise is unwavering. ”41 There may be some variation, but this thematic emphasis will extend into the book of Exodus, as we will see in due course. The second speech of interest is Joseph’s utterance in Gen 50:24 as he approaches his death.
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. Altogether, these similarities create a favorable role for Hagar the Egyptian, perhaps anticipating other positive Egyptian characters in the story of Exodus and inviting reﬂection on further parallels: The prominent role of the wilderness outside of Genesis raises the question of whether Hagar’s repeated journey there is intended to embed her story in a larger history in which parallels are created between the lives of Hagar and Moses, and also between the Ishmaelites and Israelites.
An ark on the Nile : beginning of the Book of Exodus by Keith Bodner