First Broadway Musical

“The Pentateuch somewhat resembles a Hollywood musical. Its story is both interrupted and developed by the songs (poems). Also like a musical, the songs (poems) are not randomly spliced into the story. The songs (poems) develop and carry the central theme of the story. They are the primary means for developing what the narratives are about. A careful attention to the details of the songs (poems) clarifies the message of the Pentateuch.”

John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch, p. 242-243.

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