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Bibil Identifier bibil:224819
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Mixed Multitude in Exodus 12:38: Glorification, Creation, and Yhwh's Plunder of Israel and the Nations
Author Sherwood, Aaron
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 34, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 139-154 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The “mixed multitude” of Exodus 12:38 is a curious detail who are included amidst the departure of God’s people from Egypt. Yet close attention reveals that the mixed multitude holds a key concerning Israel’s deliverance and their nature as God’s people. Exodus 12:35-39 is a hinge device, and the one place in the narrative of chapters 1-15 in which its liturgical elements, plunder and creation motifs, and primary theme of God’s glorification converge. This makes 12:35-39 both a structurally and thematically key moment in the larger narrative, wherein God’s plunder from Egypt is an Israel who is constituted of both the “sons of Israel” and the “mixed multitude” of 12:38. And in view of Israel’s deliverance in their crossing of the sea in chapter 14, this composite people is identified as God’s new humanity who is brought forth in his new act of creation.
DOI 10.1163/187122012X627821
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Universalism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : People of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Exodus
Pericopes Exodus 12,35-12,39
Exodus 3-14
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