An Ark on the Nile: Beginning of the Book of Exodus

Hardcover | August 27, 2016

byKeith Bodner

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The opening sector of the book of Exodus is a powerful narrative and a striking example of the artistic qualities of the Pentateuch, a facet of the text that occasionally is neglected in high-level scholarship. Exodus 1-2 is finely choreographed work that compresses a vast amount of materialonto a limited textual canvas, creating a story that appeals to readers of every age. Resuming where the book of Genesis leaves off-the last image of Genesis 50 is a coffin in Egypt, primed for a sequel-the first two chapters of Exodus combine a fast-moving plot with some unique shades ofcharacterization: Israel's growth in Egypt, the rise of a malevolent new king, the birth of a hero and early experiences of adversity for the main character in the story to come. The burden of slavery and miracle of salvation are introduced in this sector of text, and become paradigmatic examples of divine redemption that reverberate throughout the Hebrew Bible and beyond. An Ark on the Nile: The Beginning of the Book of Exodus is a close-reading of Exodus 1-2 that analyzesthe story as a reasonably self-contained unit, but suggesting that major plot movements in the book of Exodus are foreshadowed and anticipated here. Applying a number of insights from literary theory, Keith Bodner offers an illustration of further integration of biblical studies withcross-disciplinary narrative interpretation.

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The opening sector of the book of Exodus is a powerful narrative and a striking example of the artistic qualities of the Pentateuch, a facet of the text that occasionally is neglected in high-level scholarship. Exodus 1-2 is finely choreographed work that compresses a vast amount of materialonto a limited textual canvas, creating a sto...

Keith Bodner is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University in New Brunswick, after teaching for a number of years at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and is a former section chair (Bakhtin and the Biblical Imagination) for ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.1 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Images of Egypt in Genesis2. Old promise, New King3. Pharaoh s Midwife Crisis4. The Water of Chaos5. Criminal Charges6. The Stranger in Midian7. Exodus 1-2 and the Soujourn of IsraelBibliography