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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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Exodus 1–2 and the Sojourn of Israel

Exodus 1–2 and the Sojourn of Israel

(p.174) 7 Exodus 1–2 and the Sojourn of Israel
An Ark on the Nile

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes several important facets of Exodus 1–2, and briefly sketches several possibilities for future research. For instance, there are a number of intriguing parallels between the opening chapters of Exodus and the much later book of Esther. Even though the story of Esther takes place centuries later in the Persian court, the adoption of the “heroes,” their assimilation into the royal court, the deadly threat of annihilation of the entire people of Israel, and the remarkable account of rescue invite comparison, and illustrate how the Exodus narrative becomes a foundational paradigm in the Hebrew Bible and beyond.

Keywords:   allusion, foreshadowing, irony, minor characters, Matthew’s gospel, Esther

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