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An Ark on the Nile: Beginning of the Book of Exodus

Keith Bodner


The opening section of the book of Exodus is a powerful narrative and a striking example of the artistic qualities of the Pentateuch, a facet of the text that occasionally is neglected in high-level scholarship. But Exodus 1–2 is a finely choreographed work that compresses a vast amount of material onto a limited textual canvas, creating a story that appeals to readers of every age. Resuming where the book of Genesis leaves off—the last image of Genesis 50 is a coffin in Egypt, primed for a sequel—the first two chapters of Exodus combine a fast-moving plot with some unique shades of characteri ... More

Keywords: Exodus 1–2, Moses, Pharaoh king of Egypt, Israelite slavery, narrative criticism, ark, land of Midian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784074
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Bodner, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University