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The Life of Moses : The Yahwist as Historian in Exodus-Numbers - John van Seters

The Life of Moses

The Yahwist as Historian in Exodus-Numbers

Paperback Published: 1st May 1994
ISBN: 9780664223632
Number Of Pages: 544

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This companion to Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis continues the argument that the Yahwist was an antiquarian historian concerned with reconstructing the origins of Israel. Here, John Van Seters examines the corpus of the Yahwist in Exodus-Numbers and explores the literary nature of the work, its limits in the text, its relationship to the history of Deuteronomy to 2 Kings, and its dating in the exilic period. He shows how J, the literary work attributed to the Yahwist, integrates a wide diversity of themes and subjects around the biography of Moses.
This book will provide a better understanding of the unity and integrity of Exodus-Numbers in the context of other writings and the general history of the exilic period. It disputes the widely held view that J is merely a collection of accumulated traditions. In Van Seters's view, J's portrayal of Moses is heavily influenced by prophetic biography and conventional historiographic forms and models, allowing the Yahwist to express a number of major theological themes that address the religious concerns of the exilic period and the diaspora community.

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Moses as Delivererp. 13
Reconstructing the Past: Exodus 1--2p. 15
The Call of Moses: Exodus 3:1--4:17p. 35
The Return to Egypt: Exodus 4:18--6:1p. 64
The Plagues of Egypt: Exodus 7--12p. 77
Excursus: The Plague Stories in Pp. 100
The Origin of Massotp. 113
The Miracle at the Seap. 128
Moses and the Wilderness Traditionp. 151
The Wilderness Itinerary of Jp. 153
The Trials in the Wilderness before Sinaip. 165
The Origin of the Courts: Exodus 18p. 208
The Trials in the Wilderness after Sinaip. 220
Moses at Sinaip. 245
Law and Covenant at Sinai: Exodus 19--24p. 247
The Golden Calf: Exodus 32p. 290
Covenant Renewal: Exodus 33--34p. 319
Moses and the Conquest of the Landp. 361
The Spy Story: Numbers 13--14p. 363
The Conquest of the Kingdoms of Sihon and Og: Numbers 21:21-35p. 383
The Story of Balaam: Numbers 22--24p. 405
The Settlement of the Eastern Tribes: Numbers 32p. 436
The Death of Moses: Deuteronomy 34p. 451
Conclusionp. 457
Bibliographyp. 469
Scripture Indexp. 489
Subject Indexp. 513
Author Indexp. 521
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ISBN: 9780664223632
ISBN-10: 066422363X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st May 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.06  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 0.82

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