By George W. Coats
The writer presents a form-critical research of the 1st 18 chapters of the ebook of Exodus, discussing each one unit of the textual content in flip, exhibiting how its inner buildings demonstrate the style and social atmosphere within which the ebook used to be written, and explaining what this implies for correct interpretation.
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Richter. The narrative tradition behind the introduction reflects characteristics typical for a T H E O P H A N Y R E P O R T (cf. Jeremias, Schmid). The theophany tradition may have been used as a foundation story for a local sanctuary as in Gen 12:6-7; 28:10-17 (thus Noth, Exodus, 38-40; Plastaras; Gressmann). But its character cannot be clearly defined (Richter). An E T Y M O L O G I C A L E T I O L O G Y based on a wordplay between sëneh, "bush," and sinay, "Sinai" (thus Gressmann; Noth. Exodus, 39-40; Richter) may appear in this tradition.
Introduction of antagonists 1. Introduction: king of Egypt 2. Speech of the king C. Execution of Pharaoh's instructions 1. Report of oppression 2. Results: the Israelites thrive 3. Repetition of report 1-6 1-5 1 2-4 5a 5b 6 7-14 7 8-10 8 9-10 11-14 11 12 13-14 Two principal elements constitute this unit: I, a summary of preceding traditions, in this case only a part of the Jacob traditions: and II. an exposition in summary form of the theme for the following traditions. The N A M E L I S I in I.
Setting for initial circumstances 14b-16 1. Transition from element I: Moses flees 14b-15a 2. New setting 15b 3. Introduction of new characters: daughters of the priest of Midian 16 B. Narration of conflict and its resolution 17 III. Marriage 18-22 A. Dialogue: the daughters with their father 18-20 1. Initial interrogation: father to the daughters 18 2. Report of Moses' intervention: daughters to their father 19 3. Instructions to invite Moses to the father's home 20 B. Resolution of the major crisis 21-22 1.