The Role of Exodus 4:24-26 in the Book of Exodus
Chapter VII – Redaction Criticism, Historical Criticism, Narrative Criticism, Discourse Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, Literary Criticism, Canonical Criticism, Theological Criticism, and Reader [Response] Criticism 135
Chapter VII Redaction Criticism, Historical Criticism, Narrative Criticism, Discourse Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, Literary Criticism, Canonical Criticism, Theological Criticism, and Reader [Response] Criticism Many scholars over the past several decades have proposed other ways of understanding Exod 4:24-26. These interpretations arise from and/or are related to another set of scholarly approaches or methods: redaction criticism, historical criticism, narrative criticism, discourse criticism, rhetorical criticism, literary criticism, canonical criticism, theological criticism, and reader [response] criticism. While each of these ap- proaches is somewhat unique, all of these share certain common under- standings of the Bible, and help explain the interpretation of Exod 4:24- 26. Textual criticism and social scientific criticism play an important role in these methods as well. Three important aspects of these ap- proaches are especially significant in dealing with Exod 4:24-26. (1) Exponents of these critical methods assume and defend the view that one must attempt to interpret each passage in the larger context of which it is a part, not in isolation. (2) These advocates are concerned about the pre- sent, final form of the text, all the while acknowledging that each text probably experienced a much earlier origin and evolutionary or devel- opmental tradition. In earlier stages of each text, including Exod 4:24- 26, different tradents may have used and [re]applied that text in a certain setting or culture, but the first responsibility of the biblical researcher is to try to determine the meaning of that text in its present, final form. (3)...
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