A Study of the Biblical Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) by Donald B. Redford

By Donald B. Redford

We're vastly indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs which could assemble jointly the gathered result of sustained examine with extra amplitude than is feasible in an editorial and extra element than is feasible in a remark. there are numerous different specified chunks of culture within the OT, fairly within the Pentateuch, which deserve such therapy. Redford's paintings incorporates a finished evaluate of previous paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of numerous salient concerns, and a few optimistic conclusions.
The certain difficulties provided by way of the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings indicates, too many concerns were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were authorised to steer, if to not dictate, the result of investigating Genesis 37-50. A parade instance is using the divine names, and different contrastive vocabulary-pairs, as hallmarks of the resource records J and E. As Redford indicates, Yahweh is particular to ch. 39. moreover, different pairs, like Israel/Jacob, whereas no longer correlating with this primary clue, do need to some degree a concomitant distribution with the Judah/Reuben motifs.

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3. g. 41: 44, 'ani Par'o(h), "I am Pharaoh;" 45: 3, 'ani YoseE, "I am Joseph;" 4. g. " The interest which naturally attaches itself to the semantic predicate results often in a Binary Construction in which semantic predicate fills Front Position: 5. g. " 6. g. " 7. g. " 8. g. ,a, "your servants are shepherds;" 9. g. 40: 16 (when the baker saw) ki tok patar, "that he gave a favorable interpretation;" 10. g. ,em, "it is my (own) mouth that says it to you;" 11. g. 42: 21, 'ake! " 36 THE SYNTAX OF THE JOSEPH STORY 2.

If any subordination were intended by the speaker it would only be appreciated through hearing the words spoken. In more sophisticated speech, when the intent is to stress one of the concomitants at the expense of the other, subordination by some means must be shown. And in Hebrew this is done by indicating the substitutionary potential of the unstressed clause. §a, if I do not bring him back to you;" cf. also 42: 15 (in the abbreviated oath formula), and 47: 16. g. §em, "if! have found favour in your eyes (please speak in Pharaoh's hearing ...

Hi? haffalli! 2 (b) Semantic Subject in Front Position. The second means of expanding the basic Binary Construction is by prefixing the semantic subject to the whole. This results in the ternary patternSemantic Subject - Semantic Predicate - Copula -which is found nine times in the Joseph Story, seven in the context of dream interpretation. Cf. 40: 12, mose! hassiirigim mose! " 3 The reason for the use of this unexpected pattern is the demand made by the stock formula of dream interpretation. The explanation of a symbol can only follow the statement of that symbol, producing an ascending emphasis; predicate in this case must follow subject.

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