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Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales

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Readers of all persuasions have a tendency to privilege simple interpretations over complex, unsettling, readings. The more fraught the issue, the more often we find in the history of interpretation that a simple reading has been generated that masks its complexity.

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Readers of all persuasions have a tendency to privilege simple interpretations over complex, unsettling, readings. The more fraught the issue, the more often we find in the history of interpretation that a simple reading has been generated that masks its complexity.

‘Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales’ explores seven cases of textual complexity masked by simple readings. One chapter uncovers a counter-intuitive longing for Egypt alongside the Exodus account of liberation from persecution. Another shows how what appears to be a critical attitude in the Bible towards other gods may reflect inner-Israelite tensions rather than some principled antipathy toward others.

Yet another confronts the praise of God as a perfect king with the use of the language of divine kingship as a vehicle for constructive criticism. All seven chapters share a focus on the formation of identity. Arguably the Bible’s most sensitive subject, for its authors and for present-day readers, this topic has generated a host of simple readings that conceal immense complexity.

Book information

Author
Diana Lipton
List Price
£50 / $85 / €75
Series
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 15
Scholars' Price
£25 / $42.50 / €37.50
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-906055-14-1
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xii + 285
Publication Date
August 2008
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