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An Ark on the NileBeginning of the Book of Exodus$
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Keith Bodner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784074.001.0001

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Images of Egypt in Genesis

Images of Egypt in Genesis

(p.17) 1 Images of Egypt in Genesis
An Ark on the Nile

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

Exodus begins with the people of Israel in the land of Egypt, but there are a number of events in the book of Genesis that provide the backdrop for the story about to unfold. Chapter 1, therefore, surveys some of the main events in Genesis where the spatial setting of Egypt is prominent, starting with the formative experiences of Abraham, and concluding with the important narrative of Joseph and his brothers, as the family is forced to relocate to Egypt in order to escape the ravages of famine. Altogether Egypt is presented as a tempting place for survival and enrichment, but also a dangerous location where various threats are lurking.

Keywords:   Egypt, Abraham, Lot, Joseph and his brothers, the Nile river

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