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This front matter section of the book titled Narrative and Identity: An Ethical Reading of Exodus 4 contains the table of contents, acknowledgments and the list of abbreviations. This chapter explores several interlocking problems, ranging from the general to the specific. At the broadest level, there is the problem of the ethical significance of First Testament narratives. How can First Testament narratives, which are often ethically ambiguous, be appropriated for ethical purposes? Within this broad genre are narratives that portray God in an ethically problematic light, particularly as one involved in actions that threaten life in what seems to be unfair, arbitrary, or contradictory ways. The issue then revolves around how these narrative texts can be ethically significant when they are so problematic.

Keywords: ethical reading; Exodus; First Testament; God



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