By Keith Bodner
"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the ebook 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 activities within the e-book of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected the following. employing a few insights from literary idea, Keith Bodner deals an indication of additional integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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When the brothers prepare to depart, their father tells them to bring double the amount of silver along with other commodities, including spices, balm, and myrrh. As we recall, these are the items that the Ishmaelite merchants were bringing down to Egypt when Joseph was taken as a slave. “The wheel seems to have come full circle,” writes Meir Sternberg. “The plot movement that started with a brother leaving home in all innocence to join his brothers, only to ﬁnd himself the property of a trading caravan bound for Egypt, now presses for closure once the 33 Alter, Genesis, 247.
Then Judah said to his brothers, “What is the proﬁt that we should kill our brother and cover up his blood? ” 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.
8 Of course, verse 5 reports that seventy persons came from the thigh of Jacob, so others are included in this list even without being directly named. ”9 Women may not be included in the ﬁrst ﬁve verses, but they are certainly present in the background, 6 Richard Elliot Friedman, Commentary on the Torah, with a New English Translation (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2001) 167. 7 Siebert-Hommes, Let the Daughters Live! The Literary Architecture of Exodus 1–2 as a Key for Interpretation, 112. 8 Siebert-Hommes, Let the Daughters Live!