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The notion 'Novelle' has prevailed by and large for the Joseph story. Its special character within the patriarchal story 1 Genesis, p. 396. 2 Op. 397. 44 The Process of Transmission in the Pentateuch has been generally acknowledged. 1 This classification among the traditions influenced by Egyptian wisdom sets it apart even further from the rest of the tradition in the patriarchal story. Gunkel has also made the most important observations on the Jacob story. He has shown that it consists in essence of two large narrative complexes: the Jacob-Esau stories (Gen.
On the one hand, there are many independent units of tradition in the Abraham stories which have no explicit relationship to their context. On the other hand, the reader gets the impression of an internal coherence which runs through the whole Abraham tradition and makes it appear to be a relatively self-contained unit. The traditio-historical question then may be formulated thus: Is it in fact a question here of a larger unit so conceived according to a definite plan? If so, what are the characteristics of this larger unit, and what are the means used to arrange these originally independent smaller units, still recognizable as such today, into a larger unit?
1-6, 7-21) presuppose as a whole, and each in a different way, the general theme of the Abraham tradition: the problem of no son and the promise of numerous descendants joined to the birth of a son (w. 1-6), as well as the departure from the original homeland (Ur-Kasdim) and the promise of the possession of the land (w. 7-21). 2 In contrast to Genesis 24, therefore, it cannot have been formulated with a view to the present context. It presents a unique, independent exposition of the basic themes of the Abraham tradition.