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An Ark on the Nile: Beginning of the Book of Exodus (Hardback)
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An Ark on the Nile: Beginning of the Book of Exodus (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 28/07/2016
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The opening sector of the book of Exodus is a powerful narrative and a striking example of the artistic qualities of the Pentateuch, a facet of the text that occasionally is neglected in high-level scholarship. Exodus 1-2 is finely choreographed work that compresses a vast amount of material onto a limited textual canvas, creating a story that appeals to readers of every age. Resuming where the book of Genesis leaves off-the last image of Genesis 50 is a coffin in Egypt, primed for a sequel-the first two chapters of Exodus combine a fast-moving plot with some unique shades of characterization: Israel's growth in Egypt, the rise of a malevolent new king, the birth of a hero and early experiences of adversity for the main character in the story to come. The burden of slavery and miracle of salvation are introduced in this sector of text, and become paradigmatic examples of divine redemption that reverberate throughout the Hebrew Bible and beyond. An Ark on the Nile: The Beginning of the Book of Exodus is a close-reading of Exodus 1-2 that analyzes the story as a reasonably self-contained unit, but suggesting that major plot movements in the book of Exodus are foreshadowed and anticipated here. Applying a number of insights from literary theory, Keith Bodner offers an illustration of further integration of biblical studies with cross-disciplinary narrative interpretation.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198784074
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 223 x 149 x 19 mm


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In this narrative analysis, Bodner offers many literary observations and identifies a multitude of connections between Exodus 1-2 and other biblical texts. * David A. Bosworth, Catholic Biblical Quarterly *
Fluently written and painstakingly researched, Bodner has successfully shed new light on often-neglected connections between Exodus 1-2 and other biblical texts: this on its own is a commendable achievement. After all, Exodus 1-2 is part of one of the most foundational events in the Judeo-Christian heritage and hence a frequent site for scholarly endeavor and creative imagination... I recommend it to any student of this important passage. * Kirsi Cobb, Reading Religion *
Informed by recent developments in literary theory, An Ark on the Nile offers a highly creative, intertextual reading of Exodus 12. Bodner demonstrates well the extent to which an attentive reader can find deep connections between these chapters and the foregoing stories in Genesis as well as the unfolding narratives in Exodus and beyond. In so doing, he sheds important light on these texts' enduring impact. * Jeffrey Stackert, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Chicago *
Keith Bodner has written an insightful literary-critical study of Exodus 1-2, mining the many aesthetic elements such as irony, characterization, plot reversals, point of view, as well as the rich intertextual relationships that emerge from the narrative. Through the journey he draws the readers into the larger theoretical notion of beginnings of a literary work, exploring to what extent the opening chapters of Exodus represent the ideological beginning of the book of Exodus. * Thomas B. Dozeman, , Professor of Old Testament, United Theological Seminary *

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