The Life of Moses: The Yahwist As Historian in Exodus-Numbers

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This companion to Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis continues the argument that the Yahwist was an antiquarian historian concerned with reconstructing the origins of Israel. Here, John Van Seters examines the corpus of the Yahwist in Exodus-Numbers and explores the literary nature of the work, its limits in the text, its relationship to the history of Deuteronomy to 2 Kings, and its dating in the exilic period. He shows how J, the literary work attributed to the Yahwist, integrates a wide ...
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Overview

This companion to Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis continues the argument that the Yahwist was an antiquarian historian concerned with reconstructing the origins of Israel. Here, John Van Seters examines the corpus of the Yahwist in Exodus-Numbers and explores the literary nature of the work, its limits in the text, its relationship to the history of Deuteronomy to 2 Kings, and its dating in the exilic period. He shows how J, the literary work attributed to the Yahwist, integrates a wide diversity of themes and subjects around the biography of Moses. This book will provide a better understanding of the unity and integrity of Exodus-Numbers in the context of other writings and the general history of the exilic period. It disputes the widely held view that J is merely a collection of accumulated traditions. In Van Seters's view, J's portrayal of Moses is heavily influenced by prophetic biography and conventional historiographic forms and models, allowing the Yahwist to express a number of major theological themes that address the religious concerns of the exilic period and the diaspora community.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780664220389
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Moses as Deliverer 13
1 Reconstructing the Past: Exodus 1 - 2 15
2 The Call of Moses: Exodus 3:1 - 4:17 35
3 The Return to Egypt: Exodus 4:18 - 6:1 64
4 The Plagues of Egypt: Exodus 7 - 12 77
Excursus: The Plague Stories in P 100
5 The Origin of Massot 113
6 The Miracle at the Sea 128
Pt. 2 Moses and the Wilderness Tradition 151
7 The Wilderness Itinerary of J 153
8 The Trials in the Wilderness before Sinai 165
9 The Origin of the Courts: Exodus 18 208
10 The Trials in the Wilderness after Sinai 220
Pt. 3 Moses at Sinai 245
11 Law and Covenant at Sinai: Exodus 19 - 24 247
12 The Golden Calf: Exodus 32 290
13 Covenant Renewal: Exodus 33 - 34 319
Pt. 4 Moses and the Conquest of the Land 361
14 The Spy Story: Numbers 13 - 14 363
15 The Conquest of the Kingdoms of Sihon and Og: Numbers 21:21-35 383
16 The Story of Balaam: Numbers 22 - 24 405
17 The Settlement of the Eastern Tribes: Numbers 32 436
18 The Death of Moses: Deuteronomy 34 451
Conclusion 457
Bibliography 469
Scripture Index 489
Subject Index 513
Author Index 521
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