By Donald B. Redford
We're significantly indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs which may assemble jointly the collected result of sustained examine with extra amplitude than is feasible in a piece of writing and extra element than is feasible in a remark. there are numerous different precise chunks of culture within the OT, relatively within the Pentateuch, which deserve such therapy. Redford's paintings encompasses a complete overview of previous paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of numerous salient matters, and a few positive conclusions.
The certain difficulties offered via the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings exhibits, too many matters were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were accepted to steer, if to not dictate, the end result of investigating Genesis 37-50. A parade instance is using the divine names, and different contrastive vocabulary-pairs, as hallmarks of the resource records J and E. As Redford exhibits, Yahweh is particular to ch. 39. in addition, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas no longer correlating with this primary clue, do need to a point a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.
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Extra resources for A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
S The writer responsible for placing them here may be the Genesis editor; his genealogy (vs. 8-27) and its introduction (vs. 5-7) follows immediately. Whether or not he was also responsible for the Noth UG, 230. Cf. 46: 2 with 22: 1. 3 See below, p. , 380. 4 yNS', a root which recalls Abraham's wanderings, but does not occur in the Joseph Story. 5 On the difference in nature between the Jacob of the Joseph Story and the Jacob of the rest of Genesis, see Eising, Jacobserzahltlng, 326, 335. 6 Cf.
The editorial nature of this passage and the redundant style point to the Genesis editor, who in similar terms described Abraham's migration to Canaan'! Nevertheless we are back to the Joseph Story with the beginning of vs. 5, for the carts which Joseph sent in chapter 45 suddenly reappear after an unexplained absence in 46: 1-4. The Genesis editor is probably merely expanding upon an original passage in the Joseph Story. It should be noted that when Jacob journeys to Egypt he starts out 2 from Beersheba; and the details of chapter 37 3 suggest that this is where the writer of the Joseph Story located the patriarch's homestead.
Gen. 12: 1-3; 13: 14-17; 15: 5; 17: 1-8, 15-16; 22: 16-18; 26: 2-5, 24; 28: 3-4,13-15; 35: 11-12. 4 46: 2b-4 26: 24 "Yahweh appeared to him that night "God said to Israel in a night viand said, 'I am the god of Abraham, sion ... ' Then he continued, 'I am your father; do not fear, for I am with the god, your father's god; have no you. ; J. Lindblom, RUCA 32 (1961), 99. 6 Cf. Eising Jakobserziiblung, 336. " The editorial nature of this passage and the redundant style point to the Genesis editor, who in similar terms described Abraham's migration to Canaan'!