The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus

Finally, the different meanings of torah in the book of Exodus are contrasted, and the book concludes with a consideration of Exodus's larger place in the Pentateuch.


Author: Mark S. Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567577566

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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Underlying Exodus in its priestly redaction is a pilgrimage. Smith's new book starts by reviewing pilgrimage shrines, feasts and practices in ancient Israel. Next, it examines the two pilgrimage journeys in Exodus. In Exodus 1-15 Moses journeys to Mount Sinai, experiences God and receives his commission. In Exodus 16-40, Moses and the people together journey to Mount Sinai for the people's experience of God and their commission. Between lies Exodus 15, the fulcrum-point of the book: vv. 1-12 look back and vv. 13-18 look forward to Israel's journey to Sinai. Finally, the different meanings of torah in the book of Exodus are contrasted, and the book concludes with a consideration of Exodus's larger place in the Pentateuch.

In Search of True Wisdom

According to Smith the 'pilgrimage pattern' in Exodus appears twice in the form of the 'journey to Sinai', first in chs. 1-15 (strictly speaking concluding at 15.21) and then again from 15.22 to the end of the book.


Author: Edward Ball

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567531681

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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The distinguished authors whose essays appear in this volume (marking the seventieth birthday of Ronald Clements,who until his retirement, was the Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament Studies, King's College London) include John Barton, Walter Brueggemann, Brevard Childs, John Rogerson, Rolf Rendtorff, Hugh Williamson, the late Norman Whybray, Graeme Auld, Richard Coggins. The theme of the volume reflects Clements's recent interest in 'wisdom' as an interpretative framework, and the essays address the role of theology and hermeneutics in biblical exegesis, through an examination of methods and approaches as well as by application to specific Old Testament writings. While the volume ranges through issues of canon, biblical theology and literary criticism, with several essays on the prophetic books, it maintains a clear focus on the numerous issues and challenges facing the contemporary interpreter of the scriptures.

The God Who Acts in History

Mark S. Smith, The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), 190. 36. Smith, Pilgrimage Pattern, 264. 37. Smith, Pilgrimage Pattern, 264. 38. André LaCocque, “The Revelation of Revelations,” in LaCocque ...


Author: Craig S. Bartholomew

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467458016

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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Did the decisive event in the history of Israel even happen? The Bible presents a living God who speaks and acts, and whose speaking and acting is fundamental to his revelation of himself. God’s action in history may seem obvious to many Christians, but modern philosophy has problematized the idea. Today, many theologians often use the Bible to speak of God while, at best, remaining agnostic about whether he has in fact acted in history. Historical revelation is central to both Jewish and Christian theology. Two major events in the Bible showcase divine agency: the revelation at Sinai in Exodus and the incarnation of Jesus in the gospels. Surprisingly, there is a lack of serious theological reflection on Sinai by both Jewish and Christian scholars, and those who do engage the subject often oscillate about the historicity of what occurred there. Craig Bartholomew explores how the early church understood divine action, looks at the philosophers who derided the idea, and finally shows that the reasons for doubting the historicity of Sinai are not persuasive. The God Who Acts in History provides compelling reasons for affirming that God has acted and continues to act in history.

The Ways of a King

As Mark S. Smith and Elizabeth Bloch-Smith observe, the literary pattern of the book of Exodus is that of pilgrimage—the sacred journey to the temple and the prayers and sacrifices that ensue—giving the entire book a “cultic sensibility ...


Author: Geoffrey P. Miller

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525550342

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Geoffrey P. Miller argues that the narratives from Genesis to Second Kings present a sophisticated argument for political obligation and for limited monarchy as the best form of government. The Hebrew Bible, in this sense, can be considered as one of the earliest political philosopies of the western world. The Garden of Eden story identifies revelation, consent, utopia, natural law, ownership, power, patriarchy, and justice as bases for political obligation. The stories of life after the expulsion from Eden argue that government and law are essential for a decent life. The Genesis narratives recognize patriarchal authority but also identifies limits based on kinship, higher authority and power. The book of Exodus introduces the topic of political authority, arguing that nationhood strictly dominates over other forms of political organization. The Sinai narratives explore two important sources of authority: revelation and consent of the governed. The book of Joshua presents a theory of sovereignty conceived of as the exclusive and absolute control over territory. The book of Judges examines two types of national government: military rule and confederacy. It argues that military rule is inappropriate for peacetime conditions and that the confederate form is not strong enough to deliver the benefits of nationhood. The books of Samuel and Kings consider theocracy and monarchy. The bible endorses monarchy as the best available form of government provided that the king is constrained by appropriate checks and balances. Contrary to the view of some scholars, no text from Genesis to Second Kings disapproves of monarchy as a form of government.

Leading Captivity Captive

Joseph Brodsky” Exile and exodus: those are the two sides or faces of the myth that shapes the subtext of the narratives ... M. Bloch-Smith), The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus (JSOTSup, 239; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997).


Author: Lester L. Grabbe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567493019

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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In a methodological discussion of this issue, the contributors cover a range of topics, from ancient poltics to modern ideology. The entity known as 'the Exile' has had an extremely forceful influence in Old Testament scholarship, both as an event and as a symbol. But was there an 'Exile'? And if so, how did it fit into the pattern of population deportations that characterized the imperial strategies of the ancient Near East? In a major methodological discussion of this issue, the contributors to this symposium of the European Seminar in Historical Methodology cover a range of topics, from ancient politics to modern ideology. In probing the meaning and implication of 'Exile' they also reflect a spectrum of opinions and conclusions. As with Volume 1 of this series, the editor has provided an introduction and concluding reflections.

Centrality Practiced

My interpretation of Exodus' destination is different from that given by Mark S. Smith (The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus [with contributions by Elizabeth M. Bloch-Smith; JSOTSupp 239; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997], 16), ...


Author: Melody D. Knowles

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 9781589831759

Category: Religion

Page: 181

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An Introduction to the Old Testament

Outline: pilgrimage of Moses and of Israel from Egypt to Sinai Date (See M. Smith, The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.) I From Egypt A Oppression and journey of Moses to Midian 1:1–2:25 B Two ...


Author: David M. Carr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444356236

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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This comprehensive, introductory textbook is unique in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the influence of pre-Roman empires, empowering students with a richer understanding of Old Testament historiography. Provides a historical context for students learning about the development and changing interpretations of biblical texts Examines how these early stories were variously shaped by interaction with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires Incorporates recent research on the formation of the Pentateuch Reveals how key biblical texts came to be interpreted by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths Includes numerous student-friendly features, such as study questions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

An Introduction to the Bible

Outline: pilgrimage of Moses and of Israel from Egypt to Sinai Date Themes More information: whose exodus? Book. of. Exodus. (See M. Smith, The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.) ...


Author: David M. Carr

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405167383

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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This groundbreaking introductory textbook explores the emergence and development of the Bible, placing it in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the role of a number of empires in the formation of the Biblical canon. Explores the historical role the Bible has played in subsequent empires, and its enduring influence in the contemporary world, resulting in a balanced overview of the historical forces that shaped the canon Explores topics including: the formation of the Pentateuch, the development of the earliest Old Testament stories, the historical study of the Gospel traditions surrounding Jesus; the influence of Roman rule in the provinces where Paul spent much of his ministry; and the interpretation of the Biblical texts and their use by different faith communities Incorporates numerous student-friendly features throughout, including study questions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos


Smith, Mark S. The Pilgrimage Pattern in Exodus. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. ——— . “The Psalms as a Book for Pilgrims.” Interpretation 46 (1992): 156–166. Smith, Paul Chaat, and Robert Allen Warrior.


Author: Linda Kay Davidson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576070048

Category: History

Page: 769

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Nationalistic meccas, shrines to popular culture, and sacred traditions for the world's religions from Animism to Zoroastrianism are all examined in two accessible and comprehensive volumes. * More than 500 A–Z entries ranging from the Alamo and Bamiyan to tourism and visual arts * Photographs including worshipers at the Western Wall, pyramids in Egypt, and the Montserrat monastery in Spain illuminate the coverage * Maps including the Hajj, Jerusalem, the journeys of Saint Paul, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre * Includes two appendixes: pilgrimage sites by country and pilgrimage sites by religion, a complete bibiliography, and a thorough index

Myths of Exile

Knowles (2004), who discusses and criticizes the exodus parallels, argued instead that this verb is of key importance to understanding EzraNehemiah as manifesting a 'pilgrimage pattern'. Her position, however, seems to be too much ...


Author: Anne Katrine Gudme

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317501220

Category: History

Page: 174

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The Babylonian exile in 587-539 BCE is frequently presented as the main explanatory factor for the religious and literary developments found in the Hebrew Bible. The sheer number of both ‘historical’ and narrative exiles confirms that the theme of exile is of great importance in the Hebrew Bible. However, one does not do justice to the topic by restricting it to the exile in Babylon after 587 BCE. In recent years, it has become clear that there are several discrepancies between biblical and extra-biblical sources on invasion and deportation in Palestine in the 1st millennium BCE. Such discrepancy confirms that the theme of exile in the Hebrew Bible should not be viewed as an echo of a single traumatic historical event, but rather as a literary motif that is repeatedly reworked by biblical authors. Myths of Exile challenges the traditional understanding of 'the Exile' as a monolithic historical reality and instead provides a critical and comparative assessment of motifs of estrangement and belonging in the Hebrew Bible and related literature. Using selected texts as case studies, this book demonstrates how tales of exile and return can be described as a common formative narrative in the literature of the ancient Near East, a narrative that has been interpreted and used in various ways depending on the needs and cultural contexts of the interpreting community. Myths of Exile is a critical study which forms the basis for a fresh understanding of these exile myths as identity-building literary phenomena.