By Donald B. Redford
We're enormously indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs that may assemble jointly the collected result of sustained study with extra amplitude than is feasible in an editorial and extra aspect than is feasible in a observation. there are lots of different certain chunks of culture within the OT, fairly within the Pentateuch, which deserve such therapy. Redford's paintings encompasses a complete evaluate of earlier paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of numerous salient concerns, and a few positive conclusions.
The specified difficulties awarded through the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings indicates, too many matters were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were approved to persuade, 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 particular to ch. 39. moreover, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas no longer correlating with this primary clue, do need to some degree a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.
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Extra resources for A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
Of Biblical Studies, 12 , 13). He takes it from an otherwise unattested ySLI:l, the equivalent of Aram. " "This solution of the problem is supported by the fact that the story actually requires a tearing up of the coat... ). 30 THE SYNTAX OF THE JOSEPH STORY 8. " See the discussion below, p. 135 f. 9. " See the discussion below, p. 145 f. 10. " Lacking in LXX + Copt. Suggested purpose: prudishness. 1 11. " Lacking in some Hebrew MSS. Suggested purpose: to stress Joseph's innocence. He did not really flee, since there was no occasion for flight.
45 Ch. 47 Ch. 50 A 74 (2(78) 76 B 12 3 (8(13) (1(2) 75 70 (1(89) 61 65 62 73 6 10 10 18 7 9 (3(3) (8(13) (1(10) (3(6) (1(16) (2(6) 79 81 7 5 9 (1(5) 64 C 4 3 3 5 10 6 7 3 7 5 4 D 8 10 10 4 8 12 7 10 2 9 15 E 1 5 1 1 F 1 1 G 1 H 1 J K 1 6 4 1 1 5 (1(4) 3 6 (2(9) 8 4 3 2 5 5 2 2 (1(2) 1 1 (1(1) As would be expected A, the normal pattern in prose narrative, predominates throughout. g. 37, 39, 40, 46 and 47. It occurs least in chapters 42-44 which describe the brothers' dealings with Joseph in Egypt.
Also 40: 18, 41: 25, 26 (thrice), 37; with phrase as semantic predicate 45: 20,47: 6. 1 2 WORD ORDER IN THE PARTICIPIAL STATEMENT 37 Classical Hebrew preferred the simple, somewhat primitive, direct juxtaposition of the Binary Construction to the more sophisticated Ternary. e. in almost forty chapters) only some fourteen 1 examples of the Ternary Construction are found, to over two hundred of the Binary. ), the Ternary Construction had virtually replaced direct juxtaposition 2 in all but a few cases.
A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) by Donald B. Redford