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One would hope that scholarship would take more seriously Richter's lead in seeking to find methodological steps whose results can be verified and whose work takes seriously the literary text before jumping too quickly to theoretical stages and generalizing theories.
The priestly aspects of Moses in the Pentateuch do not belong to the heroic Moses. Nothing in the Qur'an emphasizes Moses as a priest. 9-14) is also judged by Coats to be non-heroic. 159-60), there is no hint of a sin or non-heroic action. Rather Moses acts positively in bringing forth a separate spring of water for each of the twelve tribes. 51 Of course, the Qur'an is even less likely than the Tanak to allow a fully independent role to the 'hero'. Thus, the typical hero tale is modified in both Islam and in Judaism.
46 Ljungberg, wanting to liberate genre, dares question the timehonored form-critical connection of Gattung and Sitz im Leben: 'The implication, is that a Gattung will not predict a Sitz im Leben with any accuracy'. 47 He says that 'genre provides the literary context for a given sentence, and thus partly determines what it means. 49 But Old Testament genre interpretation is complicated for the Christian reader because the Christian reader reads the Old Testament with a secondary meaning from outside its original context but within the context of the entire Christian canon.