Day 1: Noah’s Exodus
Judgment on the antediluvian world – Ark as embryo of new creation – Deliverance of Noah – Confirmation of God’s covenant with Noah – Rest and the fall that followed.
Day 2: Terah and Abram’s Exodus
Imperial building project at Babel – Terah’s departure from Ur – Abram’s call from Haran – Conquest through worship
Day 3: Abram’s Exodus from Egypt
A nation summed up in one man – Reading the patriarchs typologically – Abram’s deception – Capture of the bride – Plaguing Pharaoh – Release of the slaves – Return to the land – Military victory
Day 4: Abraham, Lot, and the Flight from Sodom
Cutting off the flesh before the judgment – Promise of a son – Angel of YHWH and the two witnesses – Elevation to membership in the Heavenly Council – Sodom as Egypt – Exodus from Sodom – Tragedy of Lot
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This is a terrific collection, thankyou! Variations on a theme. I guess the question arises… how important are these memes (fertility, subterfuge, escape, victory, wealth) to us now, so long after the tenuous existence of underpopulated Bronze Age society? These stories had gut-wrenching immediacy and significance to pastoral nomads who could expect war and massacre in every generation. Fertility was essential for survival of the tribe. All wealth was concrete (flocks, servants, metal). Settled people (with kings) oppressed vagrant people. The gods worked out their pecking order with human pawns. How can we relate?
Thanks, Deb! The question that you raise here is one of the most important underlying questions of this entire series, and one that I hope to have answered – to some extent at least – by the time that it is completed. However, in order to do so, I will need to trace the developments of these themes quite a bit further. Ideally, I will be able to ‘show’ the answer, not merely present an argument for it. I hope that you won’t mind bearing with me a while longer. I trust that your answer will begin to take shape as things proceed, especially within the final quarter of the series!
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