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 fairly self-contained unit, yet suggesting that significant plot hobbies within the publication of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. utilizing a couple of insights from literary thought, Keith Bodner bargains a demonstration of extra integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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Before that, however, it should be noted that Joseph’s steward follows up his words with actions conﬁrming that nothing disingenuous can be found in the speech. He begins by bringing Simeon back to them, a token of good faith in the immediate context but for the reader it anticipates a more dramatic fraternal reunion shortly to come. 38 The steward’s welcome extends to caring for the donkeys; it sounds faintly ridiculous that the viceroy of Egypt would want to steal the brothers’ donkeys, but even this false fear is 35 Turner, Genesis, 185.
If you are honest, let one of your brothers remain bound in the prison house, and the rest of you go and bring grain to your famished houses. 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!
1–7 where the growth of the Israelites in Egypt is described, and then moving on to the arrival of the new king in vv. 8–14 whose oppressive policies toward the Israelites are promulgated. The two sections are duly intertwined, as the book of Exodus begins with a genealogy of a people-group that the new king will attempt to destroy, but not succeed. 2 Utzschneider and Oswald, Exodus 1–15, 23. Note their further remarks on 1:1–7 (p. 61), and again, their synthesis of approaches: “The synchronic analysis of the ﬁnal form of the text shows how this short piece joins the book of Genesis to the book of Exodus.