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Title: Eisodus as Exodus
Subtitle: The Song of the Sea (Exod 15) Reconsidered
Author(s): LEUCHTER, Mark
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 92    Issue: 3   Date: 2011   
Pages: 321-346
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.92.3.3188811

Abstract :
This study continues a line of inquiry from the author’s previous essay regarding the 12th century BCE battle traditions embedded in the Song of Deborah (Judg 5) as the basis for a nascent Exodus ideology surfacing in the Song of the Sea (Exod 15). Exod 15 is identified as developing an agrarian ideal into a basis for national identity: Israel’s successful struggles against competing Canaanite military forces echoing earlier Egyptian imperial hegemony is liturgized into a myth where YHWH defeats the Egyptian foe and then settles his own sacred agrarian estate.

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