New PDF release: At the Mountain of God: Story and Theology in Exodus 32-34

By R. W. L. Moberly

ISBN-10: 0905774442

ISBN-13: 9780905774442

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ISBN-13: 9780905774459

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Since, at least in the early period, Yahweh's presence was not so much conceived abstractly as connected with some visible symbol or manifestation (cf. g. Num. , 2 Sam. 7:6), and since Yahweh's relationship with Israel has been set upon a permanent and regular basis, some permanent symbol of Yahweh's presence among Israel is now appropriate. It is the ark and tabernacle (Ex. 5 With a knowledge of these presuppositions, it is now possible to turn to the interpretation of Ex. 32-34. 45 At the Mountain of God Ex.

One is confronted in Ex. 32-34 with a fine theological balance between the human and the divine. The story functions consistently on both the human and divine level; it is the story of both God and man. Of course human and divine are intermingled in much ancient Near Eastern literature. But the fine balance between the two in such a way that the narrative is forced out of conventional literary patterns is a characteristic one must be particularly sensitive to in this narrative if one is to do justice to its nuances and particularities.

As a result of the exegesis the exegete will turn to an investigation of the origins, prehistory and composition of the text, insofar as the textual data permit this. There will be several goals in view. The first will be to add a "depth dimension" to the reading of the final text through discerning the underlying traditio-historical development wherever this is possible. Once it is accepted that the present text is the end-point of a process of composition, then, whether the process be long or short, it will clearly add nuance to one's reading to have some understanding of this process, and to be able to locate the narrative within the historical experience of Israel.

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