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Exodus 1-18 : a new translation with introduction and commentary
Propp, William Henry.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Exodus I-XVIII. English. Propp. 1999.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [1999]

Physical Description:
xl, 680 pages ; 24 cm.
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BS192.2.A1 1964 G3 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BS192.2.A1 1964 G3 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Exodus is the heart of the Hebrew Bible, the defining moment in Israel's birth as a people, the dramatic triumph of their God. Yahweh, Pharaoh, Moses, Aaron, the Hebrew slaves, the plagues, the Red Sea--these larger-than-life characters and epoch-making events capture the imagination of everyone from biblical scholars to movie makers. However, the meaning and significance, the beauty and nuance, of this captivating biblical book are lost unless we have a world-class Scripture scholar to open our eyes to its riches.

Author Notes

William H. C. Propp is currently Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He has written widely on the Hebrew Bible in respected scholarly journals such as Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Abbreviations and Termsp. xv
I. Symbols, Abbreviations and Termsp. xv
II. Bibliographical Abbreviationsp. xxxiii
Transliteration Systemp. xxxix
Exodus 1-18: A Translationp. 1
Introductionp. 29
I. About Exodusp. 31
II. About This Commentaryp. 39
Bibliographyp. 55
Analysis, Notes and Commentsp. 117
Part I. Israel in Egypt (Exodus 1:1-11:10)
I. As ever they oppressed him, so he multiplied (1:1-14)p. 119
Translationp. 119
Analysisp. 119
Textual Notesp. 119
Source Analysisp. 125
Redaction Analysisp. 127
Notesp. 127
Commentp. 134
II. If he is a son, kill him (1:15-21)p. 136
Translationp. 136
Analysisp. 137
Textual Notesp. 137
Source Analysisp. 138
Redaction Analysisp. 138
Notesp. 139
Commentp. 141
Translationp. 461
Analysisp. 464
Textual Notesp. 464
Source Analysisp. 476
Redaction Analysisp. 484
Notesp. 485
Excursus on Biblical Poetry and the Song of the Seap. 502
Notes (resumed)p. 508
Commentp. 549
Part III. Sojourn in the Wilderness (Exodus 15:22-18:27)
XIII. I, Yahweh, am your healer (15:22-26)p. 573
Translationp. 573
Analysisp. 573
Textual Notesp. 573
Source Analysisp. 574
Redaction Analysisp. 575
Notesp. 576
Commentp. 579
XIV. Bread from the heavens (15:27-16:36)p. 582
Translationp. 582
Analysisp. 584
Textual Notesp. 584
Source Analysisp. 588
Redaction Analysisp. 590
Notesp. 592
Commentp. 599
XV. Is there Yahweh in our midst or not? (17:1-7)p. 601
Translationp. 601
Analysisp. 601
Textual Notesp. 601
Source Analysisp. 603
Redaction Analysisp. 604
Notesp. 604
Commentp. 606
XVI. I will eradicate, eradicate the name of Amalek from under the heavens (17:8-16)p. 613
Translationp. 613
Analysisp. 614
Textual Notesp. 614
Source Analysisp. 615
Redaction Analysisp. 615
Notesp. 616
Commentp. 620
XVII. Men of competence, fearing Deity, men of reliability, hating gain (18)p. 622
Translationp. 622
Analysisp. 624
Textual Notesp. 624
Source Analysisp. 627
Redaction Analysisp. 627
Notesp. 628
Commentp. 633
Index of Authorsp. 637
Index of Subjectsp. 646
Index of Scriptural and Ancient Sourcesp. 658
Index of Hebrew and Ancient Languagesp. 674