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The Transition From Genesis To Exodus

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The earliest physical evidence for the join between Genesis and Exodus is found in some scrolls from the Judaean desert which certainly or probably contained both books. The textual criticism of Exodus points to a tighter link between the two books. In both the Masoretic Text and the Samaritan Pentateuch a waw appears at the beginning of Exodus 1:1 just as at the beginning of Leviticus and Numbers, but not at the beginning of Genesis, which really is the beginning, and also not at the beginning of Deuteronomy. This chapter confines mainly to passages between Genesis 46 and Exodus 7. It argues that the book of Exodus should not be seen as a new beginning but as a continuation of Genesis, and in particular that the end of Genesis provided the explicit theological key which was missing from the early chapters of Exodus themselves.

Keywords: Exodus; Genesis; Judaean desert; Masoretic text; Samaritan Pentateuch; waw

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