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Configuration: Mediating the narrative world

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This chapter looks into how the different incidents in Exod 4:18 26, particularly the episode in 4:24 26, fit into the broader narrative unit of Exod 2:23 4:31. It identifies the discordant elements of the narrative, including its temporal discontinuities. These discordant elements include ethical expectations produced by the different actions in the text in the world of the reader and the world of the text. The chapter shows how the configuration of the narrative achieves a synthesis of the heterogeneous factors, without completely overcoming the discordance. It also looks at how the configurations of the narrative world open up different possibilities for Moses, the main character in the story, and for the self in response to the narrative world. The incidents in Exod 4:18 26 play the role of facilitating the transformation of Moses into a messenger who effectively communicates Yahweh's message to Israel and to Pharaoh.

Keywords: Exod 2:23 4:31; Exod 4:18 26; Israel; Moses; narrative world; Pharaoh



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