By Keith Bodner
"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the publication 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 pursuits within the ebook of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. utilising a few insights from literary conception, Keith Bodner bargains an indication of extra integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, 551. 36 Images of Egypt in Genesis 37 assuaged by the steward. To be sure, in Gen 44:1–12 Joseph outlines a machination wherein the steward is the leading actor, but this tableau is only directed toward bringing about the reconciliation after a very long passage of time. Again, there are numerous reasons why the biblical writer could use the steward in these roles—simple plot contrivance could be among them—but one guesses there is a more signiﬁcant utility. The pattern of anonymous minor characters who act on behalf of the sons of Israel certainly can be seen in Exodus 1–2.
12 A lengthy passage of time is recorded with just a few words, accelerating the story to a point in time where the land—once host to only 70 members of Jacob’s family—is now swarming with them.
9 Regardless of any satire, it could be supposed that the divine promise is jeopardized by Abraham’s machination, as there is a plausible link between taking Sarah and the arrival of “great plagues” sent by God. 10 Of course, in Exodus Pharaoh is a guilty party, whereas here Abraham is prevaricating. How Pharaoh ﬁnds out that he has been hoodwinked is not revealed in the story, but his anger is palpable— perhaps the plague renders him impotent—and results in the expulsion of Abraham. The ﬁnal combination of plagues, confrontation, and dismissal from Egypt serves to foreshadow the events of Exodus, and notwithstanding the serious differences and reversals, the episode hints that Abraham’s descendants will too depart Egypt with riches (more explicitly raised in Gen 15:14).