By Thomas L. Thompson
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Polarity and distinction is the opposite relevant practical build of biblical narrative, in particular of the prolonged chain of reports approximately outdated Israel that we discover from Genesis to the top of II Kings. it's a structural section of the narrative, and each bit as vital as reiteration in developing an account of Israel’s previous. The polarization of characters explores adaptations on topics; echoing and festival. Many tales interweave the 2. The tales concerning the patriarchs in Genesis, for instance, are ordered at the foundation of a reiteration of vital subject matters via 3 successive heroic pairs: Abraham and Lot, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau. all of them enhance roles as founding ancestors of the traditional peoples of Palestine. every one participates within the re-echoing plot motif that constructs the plot of peoples whose lands were promised them by way of their deity considering earliest instances. The subject is a universalist version of Exodus’more particularist tale of Israel within the wasteland, which targeted at the topic of a God with no humans discovering a humans with out a God. All countries have one of these divinely created future. This dominating plot-line is used now to open the better tale of the prolonged narrative from Genesis to the top of II Kings, making a self-identifying leitmotif of the ‘children of Israel’as quintessentially human. they're wanderers via existence. within the patriarchal tales, this motif is associated with one in every of tenacious future. The land is theirs now not loads by means of divine present and promise as by way of fiat. This topic of being sure to the land by way of future can top be glimpsed within the song-variant of those tales approximately Yahweh’s originating hyperlinks with ‘his people’. The ‘Song of Moses’ of Deuteronomy 32 services as a theological statement at the narratives that precede it. It epitomizes and closes the 5 books of the Pentateuch, the lengthy narrative of origins which Genesis opens, Moses’ music reminds the reader of the cosmic and everlasting value of the narratives of Israel as humanity’s consultant and Yahweh’s first-born. the outlet of the track calls the listener to recollect the debts of historical knowledge and its stories of the earth’s beginnings: consider the times of yore; attend to generations prior. Ask your father; permit him let you know. allow the previous one recount to you ways El Elyon divided the countries; how he separated humanity from one another and the way he confirmed the limits of peoples in keeping with the variety of his messengers. Yahweh’s lot grew to become his humans: Jacob was once his inheritance (Deut. 32; 7–9). This tale of the superb God, El Elyon, allotting the countries of the realm between his sons or ‘messengers’ can be a detailed variation of the extra geographical ‘table of countries’ (Genesis 10) that follows the flood tale. That checklist of descendants follows strains of succession in line with Noah’s 3 sons. each one represents the 3 continents of the traditional global: Shem (Asia), Ham. (Africa) and Japheth (Europe). all of the young children indexed are represented via geographical names in, those areas.