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Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales Diana Lipton

Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales

Diana Lipton

Published August 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781906055141
Hardcover
285 pages
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 About the Book 

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 masksMoreReaders 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 Bibles most sensitive subject, for its authors and for present-day readers, this topic has generated a host of simple readings that conceal immense complexity.