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Egypt on the Pentateuch's Ideological Map

Constructing Biblical Israel's Identity

Egypt on the Pentateuch's Ideological Map

Constructing Biblical Israel's Identity

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£180.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826462114
Number of Pages: 348
Published: 01/04/2003
This book explores the references to Egypt in the Pentateuch--twice as dense as in the rest of the Hebrew Bible--in the context of the production of the text's final form during the Persian period. Here, as Greifenhagen shows, Egypt functions ideologically as the primary "other" over against which Israel's identity is constructed, while its role in Israel's formation appears as subsidiary and as a superseded stage in a master narrative which locates Israel's ethnic roots in Mesopotamia. But the presentation of this powerful neighbour is equivocal: a dominant anti-Egyptian stance coexists with alternative, though subordinate, pro-Egyptian views, suggesting that the Pentateuchal narrative was produced within a context of ideological conflict over attitudes towards a land that provided a home for Jewish fugitives and emigrants.

Franz V. Greifenhagen

Franz Greifenhagen is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Luther College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

'The argument is well-sustained...the overall thrust provides helpful suggestions as to Israel's self-understanding and the development of the Hebrew Bible'--Sanford Lakoff "Expository Times "

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