By R. W. L. Moberly
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Extra info for At the Mountain of God: Story and Theology in Exodus 32-34 (JSOT Supplement)
Forms of pnym/pny are also of importance in Ex. 32-34, and at a purely verbal level 32:1 introduces these. Ex. 32:7-14 The second paragraph, 32:7-14, presents a dramatic contrast to the first. The theme of contrast between what happens on the mountain, where the divine perspective is seen, and what 48 Two: An Exegesis of Exodus 32-34 happens down below, where human sin and weakness is evident, forms an important part of the literary structure of the chapter. 1^ The paragraph also introduces the theme of Moses as intercessor, and provides a theological framework for the subsequent narrative.
This does not mean that there must also be an actual historical referent in the period the narrative relates. Nonetheless the verses would constitute evidence, available to be assessed historically, in favour of such an actual movable sanctuary. These steps outlined constitute the primary exegetical task of ascertaining the meaning of the text. As a result of the exegesis the exegete will turn to an investigation of the origins, prehistory and composition of the text, insofar as the textual data permit this.
Later in the narrative a particular significance accrues to the notion of going ahead; the angel who goes ahead (Ipny, 33:2, cf. 23:20,23) becomes an inadequate substitute for Yahweh "in the midst" (33:3,5). But the difference between "ahead" and "in the midst" only becomes significant in the context of Yahweh's judgment on Israel's sin when ordinary conditions do not pertain. It should not be read back into 32:1. One may perhaps say that 32:1 introduces a motif in anticipation of its later significance.