Like unto Moses : the constituting of an interruption
- James Nohrnberg.
- Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.
- Physical description
- xix, 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Indiana studies in biblical literature
- Nohrnberg, James, 1941-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-376) and indexes.
- Preface Acknowledgments Part I. The Canonization of Moses 1. The Face of Moses 2. OThe Voice of the WordsO: The Moses of Deuteronomy Part II. The Text of the Law 3. The Broken Law-Book 4. The Book of the Covenant 5. The Two Tables, and the Morality That Legislates Part III. Moralia in Exodum 6. The Birth of the Life of Moses A. The Birth of Moses, and the Divine Sponsorsh B. The Career of Moses, and the History of Israel from Joseph to Joshua 7. Sojouner in Midian 8. Delivering Justice: The Prehistory of Mosaic Intervention 9. OThus I am to Be Remembered O: Sinai and the Name 10. Prophet unto PHaraoh 11. The Burden of Egypt 12. The Genesis of the Exodus 13. The Creation of Israel (I): The Exodus and the Numbering of Israel 14. The Creation of Israel (II): The Exodus and the OVisitingO of Israel Part IV: Allegories of Scripture 15. OLike unto MosesO: The Text of History A. Mosaic History B. The Mosaic Revolution and the Northern Kingship C. The Mosaic Revolution and the Kingship in Judah 16. Like unto Aaron: The Golden Calf and the History of the Priestly Revelation to Israel A. Idolatry and Duality B. Exodus and Terminus in IsraelOs Pre-Exilic Cultic Leadership 17. Supplementary Originals A. The House of Imram: The Preservation of a Monotheistic Leadership B. Keeping the Name upon a Priestly Site in Israel C. The Localization of the Burden of Egypt in the Canaan and Israel of 1 Samuel: A Heterodox Exodus Narrative Notes General Index Scriptural Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Moses is the unknown alien, the adoptive Egyptian, and the founder of the nation of Israel as a people set apart unto God. He is the stammerer who becomes the spokesman for the Hebrew God and whose words are recorded in four books of the Bible. But he is a veiled figure who exists both inside and outside the text which describes and defines him. "Moses" is a creation of Israelite literary and scriptural tradition, an ideological construct, a reinvented memory, a projection of what Israel wished to see in Moses. The story of Moses and the exodus is the Bible's view of its own genesis. Nohrnberg examines that story and the texts of "Moses" for their representation of the tradition's own imperilment and self-doubt, and its regularly revisionary, "deuteronomic", content. He remakes the literary case for reading biblical textuality for its plot, the most singular biblical figures for their doubleness, the deep history of the aboriginal past for a more contemporaneous historical allegory. He shows that any comprehensive poetics of the Bible must give a positive account of such stereoscopic and anachronic structures within these texts.
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- Publication date
- 025334090X (alk. paper)
- 9780253340900 (alk. paper)
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