An Analysis of Exodus 6:8-10

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In Exodus 6:12, the Hebrew phrase “Poor Speaker” (NRSV), does not mean a physical speech disability in a literal sense, but rather it is used as a metaphor to describe Moses’ hesitation to speak to Pharaoh which was not only his own self-consciousness, but was also a product of Israelites disinclination towards him. A Plan of Defense I plan to start my defense by providing those arguments that claim that it was self-consciousness at Moses’ part rather than a disability. For instance, The Eerdmans' commentary states that “uncircumcised” in the passage has been used as a metaphor of being unfit or unready. Besides this, I will add The International Bible commentary, which has the similar kind of views. It describes that Moses was not equipped to talk. The Oxford Bible Commentary also provides the same reason and argues that Yahweh compelled him to go. In addition to it, I will add Gregory Glazov as well. He has done extensive work on the issue of Moses' speech. He does agree that Moses objected God’s call but according to him, to understand the passage, the subject passage needs to be seen in the context of the immediate passage where Yahweh responds to the objections of Moses and obliges him to go to Pharaoh. Then to dig more into the reasons for Moses’ hesitation, I will begin with Martin Nath’s commentary that claims that Moses to avoid his given charge by God comes up with a reason for his previous failure claiming that he is a poor speaker. Then I will bring Brevard Childs into the picture. He throws more light onto the issue and suggests that the reason for Moses’ previous failure was the suffering of the Israelites. He believes that they did not have any interest in Moses or God because of their situation. Ho... ... middle of paper ... ...Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament. Entry posted January 19, 2010. (accessed October 4, 2011). Mays, James L. The HarperCollins Bible Commentary. Rev. ed. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000. Noth, Martin. Exodus: A commentary. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1962. Schipper, Jeremy. “Disability in the Hebrew Bible.” Teaching the Bible, an e-letter for Public School Teachers by Society of Biblical Literature (Undated): (accessed October 4, 2011). Tigay, Jeffry. “'Heavy of Mouth' and 'Heavy of Tongue' on Moses' Speech Difficulty.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (Oct., 1978): 57-67 III, John R. Kohlenberger. Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979.

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