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, "John" <jdcroft@...>
> Aj wrote
> > What will not work, John, the fact that you just proved for me
> > the Biblical story of Joseph instituting granaries is a fiction?
> > Obviously if there is any historicity to the claims, then Joseph
> > have lived in pre-Dynastic times (a long way from Merneptah).
> AJ, this is exactly what annoys me so much with so called Biblical
> scholarship. There seems to be an almost obsessive attempt to
> the events in the Bible with the "first" account of a series of
> events. Rather than the first, maybe we should more properly look
> the other elements of the context, and realise that what is being
> described here is an old archetypal pattern, repeated many times.
> Exactly as we find in the Pesher technique.
> And this too is found throughout the Biblical approach, down to the
> present day.
Yes. Genesis does contain the archetypes, and archetypes do
constitute the first instance of an entity repeated many times.
Joseph in Egypt describes the centralization of agriculture; a
process that began in the first agricultural state and the first
empire. The centralization of agriculture does not happen to
shepherds (sojourners). It happens to farmers (settlers), depriving
them of their land and their freedom. This is why Cain is jealous of
Abel and why pastoralists are favored over farmers in Genesis and why
Joseph arranges to have his family remain shepherds when they settle
in Egypt. Sojourning shepherds are not subject to the centralization
The pattern is always repeated throughout history in each