The Bible as Literature

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1. In “The Bible as it Was”, an exegetical motif is “the underlying idea about how to explain a biblical text that becomes the basis or part of the basis, for a narrative expansion” (580). What an exegetical motif does is it picks out a specific atypical phrase, which becomes the bearing before a narrative expansion. Biblical interpreters and theologians have written narrative expansions in the form of passages or in essay form. Their goal is to explain abnormal wording which may go against what we perceive as a devout biblical figure would do in an unambiguous circumstance. A great deal of the theologian expansions can be categorized as exegetical in nature because of the interpretation from the passage. The expansion is due in part to the interpretations and not essentially any underlying factors from the text. From this understanding we are able to denote that the exegetical motif and narrative expansion is seen eye to eye.

2. “The immediacy of our experience to the senses (Potencies of Being, Truth, and the Good)”, directly refers to the aesthetic potency. Miraculously Burning Bush is certainly the exegetical motif that would best fit aesthetic potency. This very important motif explains to the reader how God appeared to Moses, as the burning bush, that never succumbed to the fire. There are many reasons why this motif is important. The first reason can be noted from the fire itself. In biblical times, there was certainly no practice of fire prevention and the damage due to fire would most definitely be costly. Because of the certain threat involved, Moses would absolutely take note of this happening. Another reason is the miracle that God is performing in front of Moses. The mighty fire in all its strength and furry does not harm the bush, which goes...