MemberApril 16, 2021 at 10:46 am
Further up this thread, I put the case that the prosaic and poetic accounts of the Red Sea crossing are significantly different in style (as we should expect). The prosaic accounts of the narratives–Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua–simply purport to tell what happened in matter-of-fact language The poetic accounts of the Prophets and Writings are… well… poetic, also epic, hyperbolic, dramatic rhetoric. Scroll up ^^ for texts of the examples. Reading the prose and the poetry in the same way (as historical narrative) has unfortunately led to the ongoing debate about the location and nature of the Red Sea crossing. Costly expeditions seek to verify the poetic details of the crossing as though they actually describe what happened. Enough, please. We are able to recognise genre, aren’t we? Just read the narratives very carefully to establish what is and is not said about the crossing and how it may have happened. Then read the poetic passages (pun!) and enjoy the drama. But don’t smoosh them together as though they are all scientific observations.