By Donald B. Redford
We're drastically indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs which could assemble jointly the gathered result of sustained study with extra amplitude than is feasible in an editorial and extra aspect than is feasible in a remark. there are lots of different specified chunks of culture within the OT, rather within the Pentateuch, which deserve such therapy. Redford's paintings encompasses a accomplished overview of prior paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of a number of salient matters, and a few positive conclusions.
The specified difficulties awarded via the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings indicates, too many concerns were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were approved to steer, if to not dictate, the 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 indicates, Yahweh is specific to ch. 39. moreover, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas no longer correlating with this primary clue, do need to a point a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.
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27. " Lacking in the LXX. 28. 50: 14, 'afJare qopero 'e! 'apiw, "after he had buried his father," a gloss on "when they saw" ofvs. 15. Lacking in the LXX. Suggested purpose: to eliminate doubt as to the chronology of the following incident, which seems to envisage a different situation at the death of Jacob from the preceding verse. See below, p. 163 f. 32 THE SYNTAX OF THE JOSEPH STORY Only five of the above glosses are intended to explain specific, and rare, words or phrases, viz. 16, 20, 23, 24, 27.
Joseph's first dream), as well as livestock-farming. When the family is obliged to travel, they stay in inns (42: 27), not in their own tents. Jacob appears as a member of a landed aristocracy (a stage beyond De Vaux's "semi-sedentaires:" Les Institutions de l' ancien testament [Paris, 1961], I, 16; cf. idem, RB 72 , 17). Cf. further below, p. 245 n. 1. 5 Kraeling, op. , 91; Ruppert, JEG, 35. e. the Genesis editor? This would mean that, on his chronology, Jacob had reached Hebron over twelve years before the death and burial of Isaac: see below, p.
1 2 20 THE PRESENT CONTEXT OF THE JOSEPH STORY content is difficult to say. On the basis of the alternation of the names J aco b and Israel, the four verses could be divided between two sources, vs. 2 The second sounds very like the promises to the patriarchs,3 especially the promise to Isaac given also at Beersheba, and also in the night. 4 But there is one important difference: except for Gen. 15: 13-16, the earlier promises in Genesis know nothing of the descent to Egypt and the Exodus. The patriarch and his descendants are to possess the land they now reside in.
A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) by Donald B. Redford