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In class assignment 2 Read the two commentaries below, and then answer the questions that follow.
Seforno (15th century Italian commentator)
“Rise from the land (v. 10)” – i.e. left the land of their own volition, without our having to expel them. If we do not have adequate reason to expel them we would become pariahs among our neighbors. If we were to do that, “they may increase, otherwise in the event of war” – so that no additional problems would beset us, such as a war. “They may join our enemies (v. 10)” – at such a time they may display their hatred of us seeing that they have remained culturally incompatible with us both in practicing circumcision of their males, language, and in such practices as the way they eat meat only after the blood has been removed, etc. (compare Genesis 43:32). Let us therefore induce them to leave our country before it comes to war.
so that as an alternative they will agree to emigrate from our land.
“They built garrison cities for Pharaoh (v. 11)” – they volunteered to accept as a form of taxation to build these storage cities for Pharaoh to prove their loyalty to Egypt.
“The Egyptians ruthlessly imposed upon the Israelites (v. 13)” – once the Egyptians observed how the Israelites debased themselves by performing menial labor they decided to enslave them. They did this by heaping sin upon sin, thereby defeating their plan and they went from bad to worse.
Ramban (13th century Spanish commentator)
“Let us deal shrewdly with them (v. 10)” – “Let us scheme against them” Pharaoh and his advisers did not decide to smite them with the sword, because that would be a great betrayal, to smite a nation that has come to the land on the command of the first king. Even the common people wouldn’t give consent to the king to do such a crime, for he advises with them, and additionally the nation of Israel was numerous and mighty and would fight back in a great war. Rather he advised that they should act cleverly so that Israel should not feel that he is acting out of hate, and therefore he levied a tax on them, for it is common for foreigners to pay a tax to the king, as is seen by Solomon (Kings 1, 9:21). After that, he secretly commanded the midwives to slay the baby boys at birth, and only later did the command come to the entire nation to slay all baby boys born to Hebrews. What do Seforno and Ramban agree on with regard to Pharaoh’s concerns?
What is the essence of their disagreement about Pharaoh’s intentions?
unit 2 homework Read Bickerton, “Palestine during the Mandate,” pp. 54-61.
This section describes the British Mandate in Palestine as it pertained to the British, the Jews, and the Arabs. In your own words, briefly describe the goals and challenges of each of these three constituencies during this period (do not exceed a paragraph total in length).
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