This book is introduced with a short chapter that has three main purposes. First, the introduction provides an overview of the story told in Exodus 1–2, including the main lineaments of the plot and some of the major characters who appear in the drama. Second, the introduction also provides a short overview of narrative criticism as the methodology adopted in this study, with the suggestion that this particular approach is well suited for the kind of material the reader encounters in Exodus 1–2. Third, the introduction then summarizes some of the key highlights and areas of analysis in the forthcoming chapters, with a synopsis of each chapter provided for the reader’s convenience and as a preview of the analysis to come.
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