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1. Choose a small section of the narrative of the plagues in Exodus 7-12, and identify the parts of the passage that you would attribute to J, E, and P. What characteristics phrases and themes of each source occur in the passage?
Gnat and boils seems to belong to P, flies, cattle, hail, and locusts, and darkness go to J. E may be in the blood and locusts, but only a hint.
4. Compare Exodus 14 and 15. How do the prose and poetic accounts of the event at the Re(e)d Sea differ?
In Exodus 14, the P version has them on the floor of the sea. In Exodus 15, the Romans were on the sea surface. It really all boils down to who could tell the bigger tale, like a proverbial fish story, it gets bigger as you tell it. Was it really a “sea of reeds” that was separated or the Red Sea?
6. How did the biblical writers make use of ancient Near Eastern mythology in their accounts of the Exodus?
During the Bronze age, many of the worlds larger groups were going through a shift of power from older gods to younger gods. Babylon, Greek myth, Ugaritic myth, and Israel all have examples. Yahweh is compared to the storm gods Baal, Marduk, and Tiamat. Chapter 7
2. How does the suzerainty treaty provide a useful model for understanding biblical traditions about covenant and covenant making?
A suzerainty treaty is when one party, the suzerainty, is superior to the other. The evidence points to biblical writers using this to elaborate the covenant between God and Israel. The Israelites are the only group in the Near East to describe their relationship to a deity in a contract or treaty.
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2. What are the different types of laws found in the book of Exodus? What subjects do they deal with?
Covenant code, Ritual Decalogue, Holiness code and Deuteronomic code. True of all these codes, they deal with an assortment of topics, and

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