By Donald B. Redford
We're significantly indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs that may assemble jointly the gathered result of sustained examine with extra amplitude than is feasible in an editorial and extra element than is feasible in a remark. there are numerous different certain chunks of culture within the OT, rather within the Pentateuch, which deserve such remedy. Redford's paintings incorporates a accomplished overview of earlier paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of a number of salient matters, and a few positive conclusions.
The specific difficulties awarded via the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings exhibits, too many concerns were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were accepted to steer, if to not dictate, the end result of investigating Genesis 37-50. A parade instance is using the divine names, and different contrastive vocabulary-pairs, as hallmarks of the resource files J and E. As Redford exhibits, Yahweh is specific to ch. 39. moreover, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas now not correlating with this primary clue, do need to some degree a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.
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3 This latter recapitulation as well as the notice about the re-affirmation of the covenant at Luz, refer back to ten verses in the core of chapter 35, and betray an awareness of the final form this chapter has taken in the book. The writer, then, of the present section, viz. Gen. 48: 1-7, is quite late in date, and must be identified as the Genesis editor. The reason he recapitulates here is not entirely clear, but it may be to have Joseph informed of events which transpired after he had been taken to Egypt.
1 It is not necessary to give examples of the attributive function. The following table will suffice: Attributive 59 exx. Nominalized ReI. Object of Verb 6 exx. Subject of Verb 3 exx. After te3 exx. After 'al1 ex. Total 72 exx. (b) Ba'lifer, preposition of "place where" and noun clause marker There are only two examples of ba'lifer in the Joseph Story, both in chapter 39; vs.
In 45: 28, however, he has already joyfully expressed his desire to go down. Fourth, in 46: 1-4 it is implied that the trip is understood to be a permanent move, and the promise of numerical increase in Egypt anticipates the Exodus narrative. In the Joseph Story, however, the move to Egypt is represented as a temporary one, to alleviate the rigors of the famine in Canaan. s The writer responsible for placing them here may be the Genesis editor; his genealogy (vs. 8-27) and its introduction (vs.
A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) by Donald B. Redford