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The Call of Moses and the Exodus Story: A Redactional-Critical Study in Exodus 3–4 and 5-13
Jeon, Jaeyoung

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013 pp. xvi + 270. $118.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 2/60


Description: Jaeyoung Jeon examines and assesses recently suggested models for the formation of the Pentateuch through a redactional-critical analysis of the Call of Moses (Exod. 3-4) and the Exodus story (Exod. 5-13). He observes that Exod. 3-4 was formed through a series of stages of Deuteronomistic composition and redaction, to which some post-Priestly additions were made. Comparative analysis suggests that the elements of Deuteronomistic formation precede P and that the direction of influence is from the non-P narrative (Exod. 3-4) to the P call narrative (Exod. 6). Jeon also shows that although some of the literary layers in Exod. 3-4 extend through the Exodus story (Exod. 5-13), the present form of the latter has been shaped by a post-Deuteronomistic but pre-Priestly composition based on an earlier proto-Exodus story. He therefore concludes that the Pentateuch or Hexateuch might be the product of a more complicated process of development than the current models describe.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Literary Approaches

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Review by Danny Mathews
Published 7/21/2016
Citation: Danny Mathews, review of Jaeyoung Jeon, The Call of Moses and the Exodus Story: A Redactional-Critical Study in Exodus 3–4 and 5-13, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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