THE LITERARY STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS 1-18 AND THE LITERARY STRUCTURE OF ANCIENT HITTITE TREATIES details
As a result of the investigations, it was found that the structure of six consecutive pericopes of the Book of Exodus 1-18 fulfills the requirements imposed by the literary scheme of the Hittite alliance treaties:
Exo 1:1-6:1: the description of the constant God’s care of Israel in the situation of the threat of the existence of the Nation in the time preceding God’s revelation to Moses in Egypt, i.e., the revelation, described since Exo 6:2, which begins the four-element ceremonial of the covenant-making.
Exo 6:2-8: presentation of the stronger partner, his name, his relations with the ancestors of the weaker partner
God gives promises to Israel:
Exo 6:7: to make a covenant: “I will take you as my people, and I will be your God”, what is tantamount to the expression: “I will make the alliance with you”;
Exo 6:6-8: to give them freedom;
Exo 6:8: to give them the land of Canaan for their possession;
Exo 6:14-26: the genealogy of Moses and Aaron – it is the presentation of the weaker partner of the covenant,
Exo 7:8-11:10: show of majesty and magnificence and power of the stronger partner of the covenant – the ten miraculous signs.
Exo 12:1-13:16: God gives the basic covenant law for Israel: in honor of God, Israel has to celebrate the Passover annually, starting from the dusk of the fourteenth day of the month Abib, and to eat without leaven throughout seven days after. The narrative elements (in this, the description of the killing of the firstborn sons of Egypt and the description of Israel’s departure out of bondage – Exo 12:29-42) serve as an explanation of this law.
Exo 15:1-21: the commemoration of the fact of the ratification of the covenant and of the fulfillment of its obligations.
Exo 15:22-18:27: God’s orders, prohibitions, blessing and anger towards Israel, protection from enemies; the appointment of the judges of the People; the thanksgiving to God for the contracted covenant and for His redemptive intervention.