By Donald B. Redford
We're enormously indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs which could assemble jointly the collected result of sustained examine with extra amplitude than is feasible in an editorial and extra aspect than is feasible in a observation. there are lots of different particular chunks of culture within the OT, quite within the Pentateuch, which deserve such remedy. Redford's paintings encompasses a accomplished evaluation of prior paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of numerous salient matters, and a few confident conclusions.
The certain difficulties awarded through the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings indicates, too many matters were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were accredited to persuade, 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 files J and E. As Redford indicates, Yahweh is particular to ch. 39. additionally, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas now not correlating with this primary clue, do need to some degree a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.
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Cf. also 37: 3, 43: 32. 3 Cf. also 40: 18, 41: 25, 26 (thrice), 37; with phrase as semantic predicate 45: 20,47: 6. 1 2 WORD ORDER IN THE PARTICIPIAL STATEMENT 37 Classical Hebrew preferred the simple, somewhat primitive, direct juxtaposition of the Binary Construction to the more sophisticated Ternary. e. in almost forty chapters) only some fourteen 1 examples of the Ternary Construction are found, to over two hundred of the Binary. ), the Ternary Construction had virtually replaced direct juxtaposition 2 in all but a few cases.
1 tells us that Judah has left his brothers to make his own way in the world. He settles down in the hill-country which later bears his name, marries, and has three sons. When his eldest dies without issue, and the second also dies while feigning to comply with the Levirite law, Judah decides not to allow his third son to cohabit with his daughterin-law Tamar. The latter, however, is not to be put off; she disguises herself as a cult prostitute, and becomes pregnant by her own unsuspecting father-in-law, who leaves a token with her in lieu of eventual payment for services.
G. §em, "if! have found favour in your eyes (please speak in Pharaoh's hearing ... );" also 42: 16, 19; 43: 4,5,9, 11; 44: 2, 3, 26, 32; 47: 6, 29. For 47: 18, see under bilti; for 40: 14; 42: 15, 47: 18, see under ki. (b) Ki, a noun clause marker 1 This marker precedes and denotes a clause which serves as a nominal element in a larger syntactic structure. Within such a structure a ki-clause functions in one of two ways, which are herein dubbed Internal and External. In its Internal function the ki-clause is syntactically necessary to complete the meaning of the rest of the structure which, in the larger context, would be incomprehensible without it.
A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) by Donald B. Redford