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Bibil Identifier bibil:220313
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Broken Structure of the Moses Story
Title (English, ) Or, Moses and the Jerusalem Temple
Author Niesiołowski-Spanò, Łukasz
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 23, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 23-37 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Close examination of the biblical myth of Exodus shows that the reasons for the punishment of forty years of wandering in the wilderness are far from clear. Furthermore, there is no reference to Moses’ fault, causing his death before accomplishment of his life duty, i.e. bringing Israel to the Promised Land. In addition, the narratological analysis of the Exodus account points to the fact that Moses’ death in Moab breaks the logical (i.e., I posit, original) structure of the story. One could envisage a coherent narrative according to which Moses succeeds in entering Canaan.
The aforementioned reasoning and a few other biblical (e.g., 1 Sam 12,8) and extra-biblical hints may suggest a reason of the breaking of the narrative structure. This paper aims at reconstructing the original form of the Exodus story, according to which Moses not only enters Canaan but also founds the temple in Jerusalem, as Hecateus of Abdera puts it.
DOI 10.1080/09018320902853731
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Narrative
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Exodus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Moses
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism : Pseudo-Hecataeus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Jerusalem / Yerushalayyim / El-Quds : Temple Wall
Pericopes 1 Samuel 12,8
2 Kings 18,4
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