The Desert Itinerary Notices of Exodus: their Narrative, Semiotic, and theological Functions

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Estudios Biblicos


This essay examines those aspects which unify the first desert epoch: the links between Egypt and Sinai as two opposing poles fundamental for Israel's present and future identity, and the royal military march which memorializes the victorious king's triumph over Egypt by means of Israel's voluntary submission to the Lord at Sinai and the construction of a palace. Entrance into the desert unleashes a series of experiences which force the hosts of the Lord to learn a new way of life. In this transition Israel identifies itself neither by the Egyptian nor by the Sinaitic mode of being. The essay ends with brief suggestions for a theology of the desert, focused on the themes of eschatology, separation, and transition.

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