Waiting For The Land : The Story Line Of The Pentateuch

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The book “Waiting for the Land: The Story Line of the Pentateuch” is written by Arie C. Leder. The book describes the narrative problem of the refusal of the divine instruction and the exile of God’s presence, which will bring forth other conflicts. Looking into the conflicts requires one to understand the structure, plot and scope of the Pentateuch as a whole and in individual books. Leder argues that the Pentateuch leaves the Israelites hanging, waiting for the land. The main storyline of the Pentateuch revolves around the idea of human beings separated from God’s presence (1). From creation to the fall of man, the purpose of the Pentateuch, which is the redemption of man and God, is seen. The Pentateuch is viewed as a narrative that…show more content…
It is viewed in a kingship pattern that has four aspects: the occasion for the conflict, battle, kingship, and the building (50). These four aspects are described in the narrative of the Pentateuch, and specifically in Exodus, which brings coherence to the following books (50). Genesis captures the conflict and Exodus begins with the solution to the problem. Leviticus builds, which involves with the building of the Tabernacle, where God dwells among His people. Numbers is concern with the battle and Deuteronomy prepares and reminds the younger generation of the conflict and rebuilding of the temple. With the kingship pattern, the meaning of the Pentateuch is also identified. The Pentateuch provides a dwelling place for God, which later is seen through Christ (55-58). Genesis begins the narrative problem of the disorder of the world caused by Adam and Eve. This sin initiated the failure of living a divine life with God. (60-61). Genesis introduces the four major conflicts that begins other conflicts (61). The first conflict is between God, Adam, and the nations. As a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, man lives outside of God’s presence. The flood and the Tower of Babel continues the disorderliness of man. God cursed man with death, but a resolution of this curse is seen through the Abrahamic Covenant. (62-66). The second conflict, barrenness, is generational, and is seen with Sarah, Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, and Rachel, Jacob’s wife. (66-71). They, however, were

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