The Appeal of Exodus
This unique work undertakes to interpret the Book of Exodus as a whole in terms of its rhetorical aims. The focus is on the text understood as having a coherent rhetorical strategy. Kurle proceeds by considering, Yahweh, Moses and Israel as 'characters' in the literary sense, and exploring how the text operates through them on its 'implied readers'.
Endorsements & Reviews-
'In The Appeal of Exodus Stefan Kurle offers a thorough, exegetically profound and pleasantly readable study using a functional-synchronic approach with a rhetorical-critical analysis. He concentrates completely on what the biblical text itself presents, looking at the persuasive nature of that text and presupposing an implied reader who has a certain knowledge of his own history. In the same manner the modern reader will be able to sense Israel's exciting journey from the oppressive slavery in Egypt to God's presence at Sinai.' Walter Hilbrands, Dean of studies, Giessen School of Theology, Germany 'This is a masterly study of the book of Exodus that brings out its message with clarity and depth. Exploiting the methods of rhetorical criticism and focusing on the characters of God, Israel and Moses, the book explores what the reader is supposed to learn from their behaviour. It is an essential read for anyone who would expound these chapters of Scripture.' Gordon Wenham, Professor of Old Testament, Trinity College, Bristol 'In The Appeal of Exodus Stefan Kurle offers a careful theological and literary reading of three key characters in the book of Exodus: God, Moses and Israel. This is an illuminating restructuring of our reading of Exodus, and will be a good resource for any careful reader of the book.' Richard Briggs, Lecturer in Old Testament, Director of Biblical Studies, Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham University