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Bibil Identifier bibil:204243
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Exodus and Asylum
Title (English, ) Uncovering the Relationship between Biblical Law and Narrative
Author Burnside, Jonathan P.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 243-266 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that there is a close relationship between biblical law and narrative regarding the subject of asylum. It contends that the narrative of Moses finding refuge from Pharaoh in Exod. 2.11-22 is repeated on a much larger scale in Exodus 14-15 and that Israel’s flight from Egypt into the desert of Sinai can be seen, inter alia, as a large-scale example of asylum-seeking. It also argues that there are key structural similarities between these two narratives of asylum and the biblical laws of asylum (Exod. 21.12-14; Num. 35.9-34; Deut. 19.1-13). This finding has several implications for the study of biblical law. It suggests that the biblical laws of asylum are best understood as ‘paradigm cases’ that draw on the Exodus narratives as part of their social construction. It also helps to explain why the biblical laws of asylum are typically concerned with flight from accusations of homicide, rather than other forms of asylum-seeking commonly found in the ancient Near East. Israel saw itself, not simply as a nation of escaped slaves, but also as a nation of successful asylum-seekers.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210363028
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Refuge
Pericopes Exodus 2,11-2,22
Exodus 21,12-21,14
Numbers 35,9-35,34
Deuteronomy 19,1-19,13
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