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The Tabernacle in the Narrative History of Israel from the Exodus to the Conquest : Studies in Biblical Literature - Myung Soo Suh

The Tabernacle in the Narrative History of Israel from the Exodus to the Conquest

Studies in Biblical Literature

Hardcover Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780820461526
Number Of Pages: 182

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This book explores the cultic-military functions of the tabernacle in the biblical narrative from the exodus to the conquest. Previous studies in this area have focused almost exclusively on the 'cultic' functions of the tabernacle and have been confined to a limited range of texts (Exodus 25-31; 35-40). The originality of this book is that it discusses a much more extensive range of material. Insights drawn from this broader perspective highlight the tabernacle's role in the military domain. The Tabernacle in the Narrative History of Israel from the Exodus to the Conquest is a distinct addition to knowledge of a much-neglected area of Old Testament research.

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Myung Soo Suh has produced an important monograph on the tabernacle. The range of his scholarship is impressive, his treatment is full of literary and theological insight, and his emphasis on the combination of military and cultic dimension in the tabernacle system helps to clarify the narrative shape of the Hexateuch. His work opens the possibility for significant progress in understanding the character of the exodus, the meaning of the sacrificial system, and the political organization of ancient Israel. (Peter J. Leithart, New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho)

Editor's Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Problemp. 1
Methodological Considerationsp. 2
Survey of Researchp. 7
Preliminary Remarks on Some Termsp. 10
'Narrative History'p. 10
The 'Tabernacle' and the 'Tent of Meeting'p. 11
'Yahweh War,' 'Holy War' and 'Divine War'p. 13
The Despoiling of the Egyptians and the Materials for the Tabernaclep. 23
Relationship Between the Despoiling of the Egyptians and the Exodusp. 23
The Nature of the Exodusp. 24
The Main Explanations for the Nature of the Exodusp. 25
A New Approach: The Twofold Strategies for the Exodusp. 27
The Despoiling of the Egyptiansp. 31
The Main Explanations of the Despoilingp. 31
The Plunder Following the Victory of Yahwehp. 33
The Purpose of the Despoiling of the Egyptiansp. 35
The Adjacent Narratives of the Tabernacle Narrative and the Functions of the Tabernaclep. 43
From Egypt to Sinaip. 43
The Water of Marah (Exod. 15.22-27)p. 44
The Manna and the Quails (Exod. 16.1-36)p. 45
The Water at Massah and Meribah (Exod. 17.1-7)p. 48
The Battle with the Amalekites (Exod. 17.8-16)p. 48
The Visit of Jethro (Exod. 18)p. 50
The Theophany and Covenant at Mt. Sinai (Exod. 19-24.11)p. 51
The Functions of the Tabernaclep. 55
The Military Headquartersp. 56
The Treasury of Yahwehp. 60
The Tabernacle and the Golden Calfp. 70
Some Issues Related to the Golden Calfp. 70
The Problem of Compositionp. 70
The Making and Destruction of the Golden Calfp. 73
The Story of the Golden Calf and Its Relation to 1 Kgs.12.25-31p. 75
The Relationship Between the Tabernacle and the Golden Calfp. 77
Placement of the Narrative of the Golden Calfp. 77
Antitypal Parallel Between Exod. 25-31 and Exod. 32p. 80
The Identity of the Golden Calfp. 83
Is It an Idol or a Symbol?p. 83
Whose Symbol Is It?p. 85
The Tabernacle, the Glory of Yahweh and the Crisis of the Leadershipp. 98
The Tabernacle and the Formation of the Cultic Leadershipp. 98
The Tabernacle and the Military Leadershipp. 100
Censusp. 101
Structuring of the Hierarchyp. 103
The Challenges against the Cultic-Military Leadership and the Glory of Yahwehp. 105
"Has the Lord Indeed Spoken Only Through Moses?"p. 105
"Let Us Choose a Captain, and Go Back to Egypt"p. 108
"So Why do You Exalt Yourselves above the Assembly of the Lord?"p. 109
The Challenge of the Leadership at Meribah (Num.20.1-13)p. 111
The Ark and the Tabernacle in the Narratives of the Conquestp. 121
Some Allusive Connections Between Josh. 1-11 and the Pentateuchp. 122
The Ark in the Narratives of the Conquestp. 125
The Ark and the Crossing of the Jordanp. 126
The Ark and the Conquest of Jerichop. 128
Spoils, Disaster of Community and the Treasury of Yahwehp. 130
Achan's Tragedyp. 130
Spoils and the Treasury of Yahwehp. 131
Human Greed and the Disaster of the Communityp. 131
The Tabernacle, Land and Solidarity of the Communityp. 132
The Tabernacle and the Distribution of the Landp. 132
The Tabernacle and Solidarity of the Communityp. 133
Conclusionp. 146
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780820461526
ISBN-10: 0820461520
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.4

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