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Bibil Identifier bibil:203627
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Endangerment of Moses: Towards a New Reading of Exodus 4:24-26
Author Embry, B.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 177-196 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Moses' endangerment in Exodus 4:24-26 in which Yahweh sought to kill him has perplexed scholarship as to its rationale: why kill Moses, the one chosen to deliver Israel out of slavery? Scholarly responses to this pericope tend to identify causality for Moses' endangerment that is both Moses' doing and external to the call and journey. The following article suggests that Moses' endangerment is a formalized rite of passage which is part of a wider, literary unit. As such, Moses is endangered precisely because he has undertaken this journey and for no other reason; his jeopardy is both internal to the narrative and a functional component of his mission. The paper proposes that this wider, literary unit is also the framework around which the story of Balaam's journey in Numbers 22 is built. As such, Exodus 4 and Numbers 22 are read, and best understood, in conversation with one another.
DOI 10.1163/156853310X489070
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Moses
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blood
Pericopes Exodus 4,24-4,26
Numbers 22
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