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Bible As Literature Bible As Literature Lecture 9 2/10/10
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Administrative Administrative Quiz 2 on Friday RA 1 due on Monday
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Primeval History—Two Motifs   Primeval History—Two Motifs   1. Human Freedom and Rivalry with  God in the Yahwistic Narrative 1. The Tainted Order:  From Ideal to  Real in the Priestly Narrative
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First Motif (J) First Motif (J) Expulsion from the Garden in part to protect YHWH from  further attempts of humans to seize power and privileges  reserved for the divine. “See, the man has become like one of us , knowing good and evil,  and now he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree  of life. . .” (3:22) Humans NOT created in the “image” or “likeness” in J. Human ambition not limited by the fixed role assigned to it as in P. J precedes flood narrative with account of the origins of the  “Nephilim.” Nephilim were the “heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.” Product of the union “when the sons of God went into the  daughters of humans, who bore children to them.” At conclusion of flood narrative (J layer), YHWH makes  private vow (“said in his heart”) never “to curse the ground because of humankind” (cf. Gen. 3:17) nor “will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.”  (8:21)
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The Tower Builders The Tower Builders The Plan of the Tower Builders: “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a  tower with its top in the heavens, And let us make a name for ourselves; Otherwise we shall be scattered abroad  on the face of the whole earth.” (Gen 11:4)
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The Tower Builders, continued The Tower Builders, continued God’s Investigation: “The Lord (YHWH)  came down to see the city and the tower,  which mortals had built.  And the Lord said: ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one  language And this is only the beginning of what they will  do; nothing that they propose to do will now be  impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their  language there, so that they will not understand  one another’s speech.’” ( Gen 11:5-7)
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Tower Builders, conclusion Tower Builders, conclusion Conclusion: “The Lord [YHWH]  scattered them abroad over the face  of all the earth.” Fulfills the fear voiced by the tower  builders Remedies open to YHWH limited by the  previous vow (8:21)
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Second Motif (P) Second Motif (P) In Gen 1 (P): Creation is process of separation and distinction from  primordial chaos; God’s sovereignty is defined by perfect execution of  perfect design
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