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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 03:35 PM
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158. Actually, there are many options here:


One might want to know how the story was constructed and so might try to discern "layers" of the text; one might want to "date" these layers. One might be interested in plausible earlier sources of various story elements; one might also be interested in how the meanings of such story elements changed when incorporated into the biblical narrative. One might think about what details of the story could reference actual historical events or known historical cultural contexts. One might ask what the story meant to those people who first told it and how interpretations of the story changed with time

One can read the story simply as literature from a time when story-telling was a common way to pass cultural ideas. Considered simply as literature, the story has its charms.

... Pharaoh charged his people, Cast into the river every son born to them ... And a man of the house of Levi wed a daughter of Levi, and she bore a son and made a little boat of bulrushes, daubed with slime and pitch, and laid it among the reeds near the bank. Pharaoh's daughter of Pharaoh came to wash at the river and, when she saw the little boat among the reeds, sent her maid to fetch it and saw the weeping child and had compassion. Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, May I go and call a nurse to nurse the child? ...

You can just see the wheels spinning in everybody's heads. The mother of Moses is a little lawyer: "Well, Pharoah says I must put my baby in the river -- but he didn't say I couldn't use a boat!" And Pharaoh's daughter doesn't care about old Pharoah's rules one bit. Meanwhile, Moses' older sister is right on the ball
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