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Bibil Identifier bibil:224505
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Moses Used to Take a Tent'? Reconsidering the Function and Significance of the Verb Forms in Exodus 33:7–11
Author Rogland, Max
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 63, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 449-466 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Exodus 33:7–11 is typically understood as describing Moses’ repeated, habitual setting up of the tent of meeting outside the Israelite camp. Such an interpretation, however, results in a number of exegetical, literary, and historical problems that have perplexed critical as well as pre-critical exegetes. While source- and redaction-critical explanations of these difficulties are common in modern scholarship, they have failed to provide a clear redactional rationale for the current literary placement of the pericope in the golden calf narrative. The present article argues that the difficulties encountered by a habitative reading of the verbal forms are alleviated if one interprets them as having an injunctive force instead. In other words, the passage is to be understood not as narrating Moses’ habit of setting up the tent but rather as directing him to relocate it outside of the camp. The article examines a number of grammatical, literary, and exegetical factors that favour such an interpretation.
DOI 10.1093/jts/fls112
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Moses
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Exodus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Verb
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Semantics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Literary Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Tent
Pericopes Exodus 33,7-33,11
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