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Moses: Heroic Man, Man of God (Journal for the Study of the by George W. Coats

By George W. Coats

Dr Coats, well known for his paintings over twenty years at the Pentateuchal traditions, the following provides us along with his detailed portrait of Moses. George Coats identifies strands within the Moses culture, the culture of the hero who represents the folks of God, and that of the 'man of God', rather unheroic in folkloristic phrases, who represents God to the folk. This duality within the portrayal of Moses Read more...

content material: bankruptcy 1 advent; bankruptcy 2 THE delivery story AND THE MOSES-MIDIANITE culture; bankruptcy three THE VOCATION stories: EXODUS 3.1-4.31; 6.2-7.7; bankruptcy four MOSES' DEALINGS WITH THE PHARAOH: EXODUS 5.1-12.36; bankruptcy five GOD'S reduction TO ISRAEL within the desolate tract; bankruptcy 6 MOSAIC LEGENDS; bankruptcy 7 MOSES within the SINAI TRADITIONS: EXODUS 19-34; bankruptcy eight THE MOSES dying TRADITIONS; bankruptcy nine HEROIC guy AND guy OF GOD; bankruptcy 10 surroundings AND purpose FOR THE SAGA; bankruptcy eleven THE MOSES TRADITIONS past THE SAGA; bankruptcy 12 end; Notes; Index of Biblical References; Index of Authors.
summary: Dr Coats, well known for his paintings over twenty years at the Pentateuchal traditions, right here provides us along with his distinct portrait of Moses. George Coats identifies strands within the Moses culture, the culture of the hero who represents the folks of God, and that of the 'man of God', highly unheroic in folkloristic phrases, who represents God to the folk. This duality within the portrayal of Moses turns into glaring already within the name narrative of Exodus three, a story that are supposed to now not be divided among J and E yet displays the main old belief of the nature Moses and his s

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Moses is the heroic man and the man of God. Chapter 2 THE BIRTH TALE AND THE MOSES-MIDIANITE TRADITION In order to defend this working hypothesis, I propose to examine in detail the key elements of the tradition which carry the heroic saga structure. 1. The Birth Tale: Exod. 1-10 Heroic narrative typically enframes its story with some account of the hero's birth and death. 2 Heroic motifs include not only the threat to his life by the Egyptian pogrom, with the corresponding exposure that commits him to his fate, but also the irony that develops in the princess's decision to commit him to a Hebrew mother for his initial nurture.

The episodic structure would enable the story teller to create his story with each performance by skillfully constructing the panels or episodes to fit his need. But the episodes would follow a typical, perhaps even a fixed pattern. 114 To sum up, I would offer a final formulation of the working hypothesis: The Moses traditions, structured as heroic saga, emphasize a motif native to heroic tradition in one degree or another: The hero identifies himself with his people. This structure merges with another, following the order of confessions about Yahweh's deeds for his people.

In this situation of oppression and in the light of the emphasis the text places on the identification between Moses and his people by calling the people his brothers twice, the tale has created the fundamental tension of the plot. What will Moses do? The second part of this story features a resolution of the tension by describing Moses' intervention on behalf of the oppressed brother. Verse 12 represents the intervention with irony. Moses killed the Egyptian who had been killing the Hebrew brother.

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