By Keith Bodner
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See also Fretheim, “The Book of Genesis: Introduction, Commentary, and Reﬂections,” pp. 321–674 in The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 6, edited by L. E. Keck (Nashville: Abingdon, 1994) 428: “God’s action constitutes the turning point in the story, in spite of Abram’s duplicity. A comparison with the plague stories (Exod 11:1) brings out a notable contrast. While plagues are visited upon the Egyptians in both cases, the reasons differ. In Exodus, the conduct of the Egyptians elicits them. ” 11 F.
12 But in Genesis 13 matters are still open, as all Lot has done is venture with his uncle Abraham to Egypt and departed with him when Pharaoh ejects them from his country. 13 In the passage cited at the beginning of this chapter, Lot lifts up his eyes and his inner perception is refracted in the narrative, as he compares the Jordan Valley to both the garden of the LORD and the land of Egypt. Lot’s focalization reinforces the notion that Egypt is an enticing spatial setting: with the famine in Canaan occurring not so long ago in the narrative, the well-irrigated landscape akin to Egypt represents a lucrative prospect for Lot.
Earlier in Egypt the beautiful Sarah was taken into Pharaoh’s house; in an inverted manner, the handsome Joseph too is the object of attraction, though matters take a more claustrophobic turn when the spurned wife’s testimony results in Joseph’s incarceration. Yet another comparison with Ishmael can be observed in Gen 39:14 when the wife accuses Joseph of trying to “sport” ( )צחקwith her, the same verbal root that prompts Sarah’s anger against Ishmael and Hagar in Gen 21:9. ”27 Slavery and imprisonment are bleak, but they are not the end of Joseph’s story in the land of Egypt.