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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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The Stranger in Midian

The Stranger in Midian

(p.146) 6 The Stranger in Midian
An Ark on the Nile

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

When Moses flees from the land of Egypt, he sits down beside a well of water in Midian. While it may seem innocuous enough, Moses’ actions actually trigger an important moment in the story: a type-scene of the “maiden at the well,” with comparable experiences in the careers of Isaac and Jacob in Genesis. The fugitive Moses may seem rejected and disqualified from leadership, but the type-scene connects with the ancestral promise to Abraham about every family on earth being blessed by his descendants. Far from the end of the story, the concluding sequence in Exodus 2 marks an entirely new phase in the career of Moses and preparation from his decisive role in the rescue of Israel.

Keywords:   type-scene, Zipporah, Reuel the priest of Midian, Gershom, covenant

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