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Bible As Literature Bible As Literature Lecture 12 2/17/10
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Administrative Issues Administrative Issues Quiz 3 on Monday "Before Forgiveness: Classical  Antiquity, Early Christianity. .. and  Beyond”   Exodus begins on Friday Read Exod 1:1-15:27
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E. Resolution E. Resolution
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Jacob and Esau again Jacob and Esau again A Study in contrasts: Jacob’s subservient behavior Seven bows Self reference: “your servant” (33:5) Calls Esau “my lord” (33:8) Esau’s openness: Runs/embraces/kisses/weeps (33:4) Calls Jacob “my brother” (33:9)
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Constrained by character Constrained by character E: Let us journey together, and I will go alongside  you. J: Don’t let me hold you up.  I’ll come along “to my  lord in Seir .” E: Let me leave some of my people with you. J: Why should my lord be so kind to me? E goes on to Seir.  “But Jacob journeyed to  Succoth” and eventually  “came safely to the city of Shechem ”  purchased there a plot of land for his tent Built an altar to El-Elohe-Israel. [God, the God of Israel]
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The Joseph Story: The Joseph Story: Becoming Brothers
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Concluding Genesis Concluding Genesis Moves narrative from Canaan to Egypt “Jacob settled in the land where his father had  lived as an alien, the land of Canaan” (Gen 37:1) “Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the  region of Goshen; and they gained possessions  in it, and were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly ”  (Gen. 47:27)   Note the echoes of P (Gen. 1:28,  9:1, 17:6, 28:3, 35:11) Consolidates the identity of Israel First reference in Genesis to “Hebrews” Emergence of Israel as an ethnic identity
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Outline of the Plot Outline of the Plot Exposition (37:1-11) Favor of Jacob Two dreams Rising Action (37:12- 41:57) Plot to kill Joseph In Potiphar’s house In Prison Rise to Power in Egypt Complication (42:1-43:15) First journey of the brothers Requirement of Benjamin Contention in the house of  Jacob Agreement to send  Benjamin Crisis (43:16-44:34) Banquet Test Judah’s speech Resolution (45:1-28) Joseph’s disclosure Reconciliation Jacob’s journey to Egypt Epilogue (46:1-50:24)
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Dominant Features of Plot: Dominant Features of Plot: Positive and Negative
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