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Bible As Literature Bible As Literature Lecture 11 2/15/10
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Administrative Administrative RA 1 Due today! Make sure you have a word count on your RA Quiz 3 is a week from today! Covers: Lecture material Readings: Gen 25:19-Exod 15:27 We begin the Joseph story on Wednesday Read: Gen 37:1-50:26
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Ancestral Narratives Ancestral Narratives Part 2: The Jacob Cycle
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From Abraham to Jacob: From Abraham to Jacob: The Divine Promises The Divine Promises Promises to Abraham: Great Nation Make Your Name Great Blessing to “all the families of the earth” Land to the offspring At end of Abraham Cycle: Single offspring via Sarah to continue line First purchase of property in promised land: Field of Machpelah for Sarah’s tomb (ch. 23)
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Flow of the Action Flow of the Action A. Exposition (25:19-34) Oracle of YHWH Vignette of the brothers B. Rising Action (26:34- 28:22) Theft of Isaac’s blessing Esau plots revenge Sending of Jacob Promise at Bethel C. Complication (29:1- 31:55) Meeting with Rachel Deception and marriage Rivalry of the wives, concluding with birth of Joseph Disengagement from Laban, concluding with oath D. Crisis (32:1-32:32) Messengers to Esau Division and Distress Wrestling at Peniel E. Resolution (33:1-20) Encounter with Esau Departure for Shechem F. Epilogue Rape of Dinah and slaughter of Hamor (ch. 34) Further Travels of Jacob (35:1-29) Genealogy of the descendants of Esau (ch. 36)
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Plot and Character Plot and Character Advances Pentateuchal plot: Restates and continues promise-fulfillment motif Introduces the transition from family history to national history Establishes causal links between two key plot elements: promise and family conflict . More satisfying psychological depiction: Characters more rounded; Characters given more space to develop; Actions and consequences more closely knit to inner intentions and motivations Activity of God recedes, human actions more prominent
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A Layered Text, A Layered Text, Competing voices Competing voices Jacob cycle contains major contributions from three Pentateuchal strands (J, ‘E,’ P).
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