By John A. Davies
This booklet examines the portrayal of Israel as a royal-priestly country inside of Exodus and opposed to the historical past of biblical and old close to japanese inspiration. important to the paintings is a literary examine of Exodus 19.4-6 and an indication of the pivotal position those verses and their major snapshot have inside Exodus. This optional and honorific designation of Yahweh's adored humans has a selected specialize in the privilege of entry to him in his heavenly temple. The paradigm of the royal supply of privileged prestige has profound implications for our figuring out of the Sinai covenant. this is often quantity 395 within the magazine for the examine of the previous testomony complement sequence.
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34 A Royal Priesthood of parallel couplets which prepare the reader for the somewhat poetic language of w. 4-6a (for which see below). Verses 3b-6 are then further bracketed by narrative sections which relate Moses' ascent (11717) to God on Mt Sinai, and God's summons (K"I|T1) to him (v. 3a), followed by Moses' descent (NUTT), his summons (N1|T"I) to the elders of the people (v. 7) and his recounting of the words (CHITI) of Yhwh according to instructions (v. 7, cf. v. 6). The expression ~7N DTDKil ('to God') in conjunction with a verb of motion is generally avoided in the Hebrew Bible, as it may imply a heavenly journey.
The divine speech constitutes a coherent unit, as is evident from the inclusio formed by the repetition of the (emphatic) personal pronoun Dn^(l) ('you [yourselves]') as subject, followed by a finite verb in the second person plural, in both the opening and closing lines. The rubrics giving directions to Moses concerning the delivery of the message form an envelope structure around this unit: (3b) This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and declare to the Israelites. (6b) These are the words which you are to speak to the Israelites.
Pushed to its ultimate limit, this may even mean settling on one manuscript or printed edition as being normative. Insofar as the expressions 'final form' or 'the text as we have it' may be used in this book, they are used somewhat more loosely, more in the manner of their use by Childs and Rendtorff to refer to the broad contours 81. Cf. Gabriel Josipovici, The Book of God: A Response to the Bible (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988), p. 90. 82. ), Studies in the Bible and the Ancient Near East Presented to Samuel E.