By John A. Davies

This e-book examines the portrayal of Israel as a royal-priestly country inside Exodus and opposed to the historical past of biblical and historical close to japanese suggestion. significant to the paintings is a literary learn of Exodus 19.4-6 and an illustration of the pivotal function those verses and their major photo have inside Exodus. This non-compulsory and honorific designation of Yahweh's adored humans has a specific specialize in the privilege of entry to him in his heavenly temple. The paradigm of the royal furnish of privileged prestige has profound implications for our figuring out of the Sinai covenant. this is often quantity 395 within the magazine for the examine of the outdated testomony complement sequence.

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Yhwh alone led him; there was no foreign god with him. It would be easy to make some simplistic assumptions concerning the function of the metaphor in Exod. 4. While divine tutelage and protection in a general sense are undoubtedly factors, they may not be central, and a moment's reflection should be enough to show that it is not the case that Israel is learning to be less and less dependent on God just as the fledglings eventually learn to 'fly for themselves' ! 18 Such a metaphor needs to be read in the light of the vulture iconography of the ancient world.

353. The identification of the unit as poetic is frequently associated with a cultic origin; cf. Noth, Exodus, p. 157; Beyerlin, Origins, p. 70; Cassuto, Exodus, p. 223; McCarthy, Treaty and Covenant, p. 272. 3. The Royal Priesthood in its Immediate Cotext 37 Several characteristics are suggestive of a verse idiom: (1) Parallelismus membrorum is discernible at some points. We note, for example, the grammatical as well as semantic parallelism of the expressions 3pIT fTT^ "112871 ('you are to say to the house of Jacob') and ^tnCT ^-b TJm ('and declare to the Israelites', v.

Recent decades have begun to witness something of a seachange in approaches to the literature of the Hebrew Bible. There has been an increasing emphasis on more holistic literary approaches to the text as we have it, where the integrity of the discourse is axiomatic to a serious reading. Even as early as 1938, von Rad observed: A process of analysis, doubtless almost always interesting, but nevertheless highly stylised, has run its course, and a more or less clear perception of its inevitability handicaps many scholars today...

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