By Keith Bodner
"An Ark at the Nile: the start of the e-book 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 booklet of Exodus are foreshadowed and expected right here. making use of a few insights from literary thought, Keith Bodner deals a demonstration of extra integration of bible study with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation." Read more...
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Nikaido, “Hagar and Ishmael as Literary Figures: An Intertextual Study,” VT 51 (2001) 237–8, citing Joel Rosenberg, King and Kin: Political Allegory in the Hebrew Bible (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986) 237. 26 Nikaido, “Hagar and Ishmael as Literary Figures,” 238. ” 30 An Ark on the Nile Potiphar’s house (Gen 39:2–5). The divine words to Abraham about his descendants suffering in another land (Gen 15:13) coupled with the Egyptian market for slaves may have inclined the reader to think the worst for Joseph in Potiphar’s house, but his initial experiences are far from negative: he fares better as a slave in Egypt than at the hands of his brothers in Canaan.
Lohr (VTSup 164; Leiden: Brill, 2014). 42 An Ark on the Nile THE BOOK OF NAMES Popular television shows that develop a story-arc from week to week frequently employ a simple connective technique: a pastiche from previous parts of the series, often introduced with a phrase like “as seen previously,” providing the viewer with a few highlights in preparation for the upcoming episode. In the ﬁrst lines of the book of Exodus there is a recap of sorts, a bridge from the previous text of Genesis and a launch into a new installment of the story.
Moreover, the absence of any direct mention of Egypt here keeps the reader’s mind open about the character of Hagar, the next ﬁgure to consider in our survey of the images of Egypt in Genesis. Abraham is enriched by Pharaoh on account of his “sister” in Gen 12:16, and included in the inventory of gifts are maidservants. Hagar the Egyptian is presumably one of these maidservants, and when Abraham is dismissed by an angry Pharaoh and exits with all of his possessions in Gen 12:20, it can be surmised that Hagar is part of the group that departs with Abraham, Sarah, and Lot.