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Studies in biblical literature ; v. 78.
Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel tracks the mystery of narratives in the Hebrew Bible and their allusions to Sinai laws by highlighting intertextual allusions created by verbal resonances. While the second and the third parts of the volume illustrate allusions to Sinai narratives made by some narratives occurring in the post-Sinaitic era, twenty-three Genesis narratives are analyzed to show that the protagonists were bound by Sinai Laws before God supposedly gave them to Moses, anticipating the Book of Jubilees. Legal Friction suggests that most of Genesis was composed during or after the Babylonian exile, after the codification of most Sinai laws, which Genesis protagonists consistently violate. The fact that they are not punished for these violations implies to the exiles that the Sinai Covenant was unconditional. In addition, the author proposes that Genesis contains a hidden polemic, encouraging the Judean exiles to follow the revisions of laws of the Covenant Code by the Holiness Code and Deuteronomy. Genesis narratives, like those describing post-Sinai events, often cannot be understood properly without our recognition of their allusions to biblical laws. -- Back cover.
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Pt. 1. Introduction
Pt. 2. Illustrations of the connection between biblical narratives and laws taken from Genesis Divided we part : the separation of Abraham and Lot reflects the deuteronomic prohibition of intermarriage with Ammonites and Moabites A tale of three covenants : the interplay between Genesis 9, 15, and 17 Don't think twice! Lot's exodus from Sodom echoes the laws of Passover and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt Stranger than (legal) fiction : Sarah's expulsion of Hagar violates Sinai prohibitions and leads to the Israelites' exile in Egypt Sex, lies, and invidious dates : Abraham's incestuous relationship with Sarah violates a holiness code prohibition, and mirrors David's incestuous relationship with Abigail Covering up : saving reputations or enhancing relations? Abimelech's gift to Sarah alludes to the conjugal right mentioned in the covenant code Time out and substitute : Abraham's sacrifice of a ram after the near-sacrifice of Isaac implies that the Judeans cannot lose their holiness Ding, dong, dell : the disputes between Abraham, Isaac, and Abimelech reflect the violation of contiguous Sinai laws in Lev. 5:21-24 and 19:1 13 Snow White and the eight days of succoth : Laban clear his house as if he had scale disease and Jacob celebrates a festival Priestly kingdom : Isaac chooses a son whose destiny is to become the ancestor of a kingdom of priests rather than the ancestor of the Davidic dynasty Servant with two masters : Jacob's servitude in Laban's house reflects conflicts between the covenant code and Deuteronomy Man on the run : Jacob seeks refuge from Esau in a city of refuge Two weddings and an adoption : Jacob's marriage to Rachel reflects the law of the fair captive Little Bo Peep : Rachel's premature death is the fulfillment of a priestly law caused by Jacob's oath Stealing beauty : Rachel's theft of her father's teraphim and Joseph's use of a divination goblet are implicit polemics against priestly instruments of divination Beauty and the beast : the narrative of Dinah's love affair with Shechem is an implicit polemic against intermarriage, circumcision, and the Samaritans Only two kids : the expulsion of Joseph, Ishmael, and Esau echoes the priestly law of the scapegoat, while Jacob's expulsion corresponds to the symbolic exile of ostracism Not tonight Joseph(ine) : Joseph's ordeal with Potiphar's wife and his emancipation by Pharaoh allude to contiguous laws of the jealous husband and the Nazirite Amaziah.com : Jacob's rejection of Reuben's offer to guarantee Benjamin's life with that of his two sons reflects obedience to a deuteronomic law outlawing vicarious punishment Kidnapped : Joseph's attempt to detain Simeon and Benjamin reflects the holiness school's revision of the priestly Torah's law of reparation Darkness at noon : Joseph's brothers' amazement at noon echoes the blindness and suffering predicted in Deuteronomy 28 On the bread line : Egypt's famine echoes the desolation of the land in Leviticus 26 The slave trade : Jacob's adoption of Ephraim and Manasseh mirrors God's adoption of Israel
Pt. 3. Illustrations of the connection between biblical narratives and laws taken from Exodus-Samuel and primeval history Strike! Moses' unsuccessful attempt to resolve disputes reflects an attempt to enforce the covenant code Surviving the construction industry : Pharaoh's decrees force the Israelites to violate the Sabbath and the covenant code The remains of the day : Manna, God's seed, is resurrected by the Sabbath like the resurrection of two boys by Elijah and Elisha Overexposed : the Israelites' suspicion that Moses had violated the prohibition of exposing one's nakedness before God leads to the sin of the golden calf Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow : 'the morrow of the Sabbath' in Leviticus 23:11-17 commemorates a 'high-handed' exodus So goodbye, dear, and amen : the priestly law of the jealous husband transforms the deuteronomic law of divorce Divine dermatology : Miriam's scale disease resembles a food forbidden in Leviticus 11 and constitutes a hidden polemic condoning intermarriage Holy war : interplay between the deuteronomic law of warfare (Deuteronomy 20:1-4), Exodus 14, and Isaiah 52:7-12 Blood suckers : the deuteronomic law of Amalek reflects the concern for underdogs Le(vite) divorce : the fate of the concubine at Giveah reflects the deuteronomic law of divorce Le mariage : the Benjaminites' marriage echoes the holiness code's marriage sacrament described in the law of the horticultural holiness (Leviticus 19:23-25) Hemorrhoid city : the Philistines' plague of hemorrhoids alludes to Pharaoh's fecal heart syndrome and to a deuteronomic law regarding the disposal of excrement Sticks and stones : holiness code's law of the blasphemer and Talion law allude to events involving Shimei the Son of Gera and Goliath Beyond the fringes : the tassel law cited in Ruth counters anti-davidic polemics associated with Tamar and Lot's daughters
Pt. 4. Primeval history (Genesis 1:1-11:25) encourages the Judean exiles to return to Judah Judeans in space and time : the first creation narrative supports the Judeans' mandate of subduing the Land of Canaan Noah's nakedness : the curse of Canaan provides a rationale for delegitimizing the indigenous population of Canaan Babel : the destruction of the Tower of Babel encourages the Judean exiles to return to Judah in accordance with Genesis 1:28.