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Title: A literary reading of the Exodus story
Author: Hughes, Paul Edward
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The present work offers an explication of Exodus 1-14 in the Masoretic text from a literary perspective and questions the methodological relationship between Narrative Criticism and traditional Historical Criticisms. Chapter One outlines a set of theoretical assumptions upon which the reading of Exodus is based with regard to history, referentiality, the diachronic/synchronic relationship, intentionality and ideology. Along with theory, the method being utilized is discussed, particularly with respect to its role in a pluralistic methodological sphere and also in relation to the stance of the interpreter along emic and etic lines of discussion. Chapter Two interacts with a selection of approaches through which the Exodus story has been read and evaluates their usefulness for Narrative Criticism. Chapters Three to Five contain the Narrative Criticism proper as applied to Exodus 1-14: Chapter Three examines the plot of the entire story in a descriptive manner. After an initial survey and consideration of plot from Aristotle onwards, the plot of Exodus 1-14 is subdivided into four main parts: Section I: Exod 1:1-2:25 (Introduction), Section II: Exod 3:1-7:7 (Ascent), Section III: Exod 7:8-13:16 (Complication) and Section IV: Exod 13:17-14:31 (Conclusion). Chapter Four deals with the characterization of the story's Introduction (Section I: Exod 1:1-2:25), focusing initially on the diverse characterization techniques and character types found within its seven pericopae. Then a major section on etiology opens the methodological dialogue between Narrative Criticism and traditional Historical Criticisms (with the issue of etiology-Form Criticism) and intimates a positive interrelationship.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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