By Donald B. Redford
We're tremendously indebted to Dr. Redford for this thorough piece of labor. It illustrates the necessity for monographs that may assemble jointly the amassed result of sustained study with extra amplitude than is feasible in a piece of writing and extra aspect than is feasible in a statement. there are numerous different special chunks of culture within the OT, rather within the Pentateuch, which deserve such therapy. Redford's paintings contains a complete assessment of earlier paintings, a clean and painstaking exam of numerous salient concerns, and a few optimistic conclusions.
The distinct difficulties provided by means of the Joseph tale warrant exam in detachment from the remainder of the Pentateuch. As Redford's paintings exhibits, too many matters were prejudged simply because effects (or hypotheses) derived from surrounding fabrics were authorised to steer, 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 records J and E. As Redford exhibits, Yahweh is specific to ch. 39. in addition, 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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2 1 The fractions in some compartments indicates how many examples out of the total show participles in verb position. 2 In regard to the percentage figures for D it should be noted that in each chapter at least one-half the examples involve datives with suffixes. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum XX 3 34 THE SYNTAX OF THE JOSEPH STORY WORD ORDER IN THE NOMINAL CLAUSE 1. The Binary Construction The basic simplex consists of the direct juxtaposition of two nominal elements, thus in Front and Rear Position.
Since he is responsible for the present organization of the book, he is sensitive to the order of material, and often recapitulates or anticipates. When obliged to change roles and become author, he has a tendency to be redundant and repetitive. But it would seem that, in the last fourteen chapters at least, he became author only when his role as editor demanded it, in order to bridge gaps in the material he was working with. There is no literary work of his which had a prior existence, no self-contained "P-code;" 1 the present Book of Genesis itself comprises the editor's work of literature.
Examples of 'lifer introducing an "object" -clause, or preceded by ya(an, (at}, 'agar, lema (an, ba(likiir, or (eqek are lacking in the Joseph Story. e. 1 It is not necessary to give examples of the attributive function. The following table will suffice: Attributive 59 exx. Nominalized ReI. Object of Verb 6 exx. Subject of Verb 3 exx. After te3 exx. After 'al1 ex. Total 72 exx. (b) Ba'lifer, preposition of "place where" and noun clause marker There are only two examples of ba'lifer in the Joseph Story, both in chapter 39; vs.