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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38)

Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38)

Joseph, The Prophetic Dreamer, Is Sold (37:2–36)

Judah's Whoringand Conversion (Chap. 38)

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(p.351) 35 Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38)
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0035

The Joseph story, with its almost‐continuous narrative, is not substantially different from the rest of Genesis. Rather, it is like Genesis coming into bloom, and it responds to the earlier issues in Genesis. The account of Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) fits well into the narrative, reflecting the preceding chapter in many ways (see Robert Alter). The initial account of Joseph and his dreams (most of Genesis 37) is like the account of the call of a prophet – but adapted to a wisdom mode. The story of Judah is a form of conversion story. The prophetic dreams and Judah's conversion intimate the future.

Keywords:   Robert Alter, conversion, Genesis, Joseph, Joseph's dreams, Judah, narrative, prophet, Tamar, wisdom

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