[b-hebrew] Robert Alter on Joseph

Oun Kwon kwonbbl at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 17:03:13 EDT 2009


On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM, <JimStinehart at aol.com> wrote:
>
> George:
>
> It would be fine for you to E-mail Prof. Alter, but you don’t have the
> facts quite straight yet.
>
> 1.  Years ago, Prof. Alter provisionally agreed with my idea that the
> events narrated in chapter 37 of Genesis occur prior to the events narrated in
> chapters 34 and 35 of Genesis.  (He explicitly reprimanded me, however, for
> using the term “flashback”.  He was adamant that what I was suggesting was
> n-o-t  a true “flashback”.  Spoken like a true professor.)
>
> I don’t know if Prof. Alter would remember that exchange of E-mails, which
> occurred years ago, but he might.  (As you probably know, Yigal Levin’s
> published article claims that the “mistakes” in chapter 37 show multiple
> authors and insufficient editing.  In fact, once one realizes that the events
> narrated in chapter 37 occur before the events narrated in
> chapters 34 and 35 of > Genesis, all of those “mistakes” totally disappear.)
>
>

Jim, I think the proper term for this is 'flash-forward', not 'flashback'.

Oun Kwon.



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