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The Miracle at the Sea

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Starting with the basic literary tensions in the presentation of the miracle at the sea in Exod 14:21-22 one can differentiate between a priestly and non-priestly stratum in the narrative. This chapter discusses some fundamental questions regarding the analysis of Exod 1-15. A starting point of every literary-critical analysis of the miracle at the sea is the observation of the considerable contextual and conceptual tensions in the account of the miracle in Exod 14:21-22. Critics of the once-independent Priestly source theory admit that the priestly text in Exod 14 displays a "coherence and independency". The non-priestly presentation of the miracle is regarded to be the core of Exod 14. The non-priestly text in Exod 1-15 is a highly complex entity. The chapter highlights that the two versions of the narrative about the miracle at the sea are part of a larger context, thus a two-source model.

Keywords: Exodus narrative; Miracle at the sea; non-priestly text; priestly text



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