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 events within the publication of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. utilizing a few insights from literary thought, Keith Bodner deals a demonstration of additional integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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Images of Egypt in Genesis 21 been mentioned as a place prior to this particular point in the story, only as a proper name in the table of nations in Genesis 10 as part of the Hamite branch. In the context of Abraham’s story, then, Egypt is immediately conﬁgured as a place of shelter or survival from the exigencies of famine. Scrutinizing the language of 12:10 more closely—“Then there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn ( )גורthere, because the famine was heavy in the land”—one of the controversial terms is sojourn, and the reader is unsure whether a temporary or long-term stay is intended.
His brothers listened. Then, some Midianite traders passed by, and they drew out Joseph and brought him up from the cistern. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silver pieces, and so they brought Joseph to Egypt. So far in Genesis, Egypt has generally been pictured as a place of refuge and survival when the land of Canaan poses risks and uncertainty; if Canaan periodically is besieged with famine, Egypt is consistently unaffected. But in Genesis 37 there is a slightly different depiction, as Egypt becomes a place for the brothers to hide their guilt.
Images of Egypt in Genesis 31 IN PHARAOH’S HOUSE Joseph’s elevation in Egypt is launched by dreams and interpretation, and through Pharaoh’s dreams some of the more notable aspects of his own characterization are distilled. A signiﬁcant moment of Pharaoh’s individuation occurs at the beginning of chapter 41, when Pharaoh’s dream is narrated at the spatial setting of the Nile river. Not only is Pharaoh bafﬂed by the cows and the grain in his two dreams, but the magicians of Egypt are also at a loss.