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 activities within the e-book of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected right here. employing a few insights from literary thought, Keith Bodner deals an indication of extra integration of religious study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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W. ’ ” See also Fretheim, “The Book of Genesis: Introduction, Commentary, and Reﬂections,” pp. 321–674 in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 6, edited by L. E. Keck (Nashville: Abingdon, 1994) 428: “God’s action constitutes the turning point in the story, in spite of Abram’s duplicity. 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.
In the misery of Israel’s enslavement in Egypt as pictured in Exodus 1 it may be thought that God is absent, but on the basis of the Joseph narrative in Genesis, the reader can infer that Egypt is a place where God does not abandon prior commitments. Several other instances conﬁrm this notion. When Joseph dismisses the brothers—with the bound Simeon remaining as a kind of security deposit—he also orders that the men’s silver be returned to their sacks. ” A larger sense of providential design also can be discerned in the march back to Egypt to acquire more food.
Of all the women available in the empire, they want mother Sarah! So the story,” Brueggemann concludes, “has a sociological function. ”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.
An ark on the Nile : beginning of the Book of Exodus by Keith Bodner