In the end he clearly realizes that the hebrews are

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Unformatted text preview: en, all the people but not the livestock. In the end, he clearly realizes that the Hebrews are leaving. They take Egyptian Customs • One small recurrent theme is that the Egyptians find abhorrent practices that are normal to Hebrews. They can’t eat together in the Joseph story. They get their own district because the Egyptians loath shepherds. And they can’t sacrifice in Egypt because their sacrifice would be disgusting to the Egyptians. All this serves to emphasize that the two peoples don’t belong together. Miracles • This is a story about miracles. Trying to naturalize it is a mistake, because the miracles are the point: it is set up so that the miracles will be necessary, as a And Yet • The Civil Rights leader who were inspired by the book of Exodus were deeply religious people, but they did not believe that divine powers were going to intervene on their behalf. This is a Great Book in part because you can place the emphasis differently. What may matter most to you is that the Israelites decided not to be enslaved anymore. Canons • We need stories to tell us how to live. In oral tradition, tellers can change the stories themselves to make them fit new situations. When you have a written canon, you • So I am claiming that the miracles are essential to this story. There are other stories we have read that, out of context, could be entirely “secular”—Joseph requires that we believe in prophetic dreams the way in fairy-tales we believe in good fairies, but it becomes a story about Providence because it is where it is. The story of Judah and Tamar can simply be a story. Christians often read “typologically.” Paul on Isaac and Ishmael • Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mt. Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar. . .corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with h...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2014 for the course GB 191 taught by Professor Sells during the Winter '12 term at University of Michigan.

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