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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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(p.1) Introduction
An Ark on the Nile

Keith Bodner

Oxford University Press

This book is introduced with a short chapter that has three main purposes. First, the introduction provides an overview of the story told in Exodus 1–2, including the main lineaments of the plot and some of the major characters who appear in the drama. Second, the introduction also provides a short overview of narrative criticism as the methodology adopted in this study, with the suggestion that this particular approach is well suited for the kind of material the reader encounters in Exodus 1–2. Third, the introduction then summarizes some of the key highlights and areas of analysis in the forthcoming chapters, with a synopsis of each chapter provided for the reader’s convenience and as a preview of the analysis to come.

Keywords:   synchronic approaches, literary criticism, Pentateuch, characterization, plot development

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