Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Some OT scholars make hay with the seeming discrepancies between Exodus 14 (the exodus narrative proper) and Exodus 15 (the poetic or hymnic reflection on the exodus).  For example, they discuss the history, authorship, and date of the two chapters.  It is true: on close reading of the two texts, one can see some differences… Continue reading Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Exodus 4.24-26: The Bloody “Bridegroom”

Though the brief and "bloody" episode of the circumcision that Zipporah performed is tucked away in the OT, there have been scores of articles and essays written on it.  It would be too tedious to list them all here, but for the record the ones I found helpful were written (in various commentaries and journals)… Continue reading Exodus 4.24-26: The Bloody “Bridegroom”

More Sarna: Exodus 2.2

Of what significance is the note in Exodus 2.2 where we read that Moses was a "beautiful" (NKJ) or "fine" (ESV and NIV) child? Sarna says this: "Hebrew tov, usually 'good,' might also here connote 'robust, healthy.'  The entire clause stirs immediate association with a key phrase, seven time repeated in the Genesis Creation narrative,… Continue reading More Sarna: Exodus 2.2

Enns on Exodus: Authorship and OT Interpretation

In his NIV Application Commentary on Exodus (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000), Peter Enns tackles well the question of the authorship of Exodus as well as interpreting it. As far as the authorship of Exodus goes and the lack of firm evidence that Moses wrote every single jot and tittle of it, does not mean "interpretive… Continue reading Enns on Exodus: Authorship and OT Interpretation