[b-hebrew] Joseph: Israel - Hyksos - Egypt
peter at qaya.org
Mon Nov 14 19:29:53 EST 2005
On 14/11/2005 23:59, tladatsi at charter.net wrote:
>I believe Ex 1 was writen principally to make a *Theological* point. The literary effort merely serves the theology. There was obviously a great deal of history between Joseph and Moses. At best only a miniscule fraction is reported in Ex 1. The author only reported enough history to make the theological point. I beileve a general rule for the MT is that literature and history are merely theology's handmaindens.
Well, you may be partly right. There was doubtless a lot of Egyptian
history happening, but the author was concerned with the (theological)
history of Israel and God's dealings with them. And on that front
nothing much happened for centuries (as far as we know) and so the
period could be passed over in near silence.
But I don't accept your last sentence. And you have ignored my main
point, which was that you assumed a date of composition many centuries
after the event. You may be right, but to assume it begs all sorts of
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