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Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch
     

Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch

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by Yair Zakovitch
 

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ISBN-10: 0300144261

ISBN-13: 9780300144260

Pub. Date: 11/13/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

A powerful hero of the Bible, Jacob is also one of its most complex figures. Bible stories recounting his life often expose his deception, lies, and greed—then, puzzlingly, attempt to justify them. In this book, eminent biblical scholar Yair Zakovitch presents a complete view of the patriarch, first examining Jacob and his life story as presented in the Bible

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A powerful hero of the Bible, Jacob is also one of its most complex figures. Bible stories recounting his life often expose his deception, lies, and greed—then, puzzlingly, attempt to justify them. In this book, eminent biblical scholar Yair Zakovitch presents a complete view of the patriarch, first examining Jacob and his life story as presented in the Bible, then also reconstructing the stories that the Bible writers suppressed—tales that were well-known, perhaps, but incompatible with the image of Jacob they wanted to promote. Through a work of extraordinary “literary archaeology,” Zakovitch explores the recesses of literary history, reaching back even to the stage of oral storytelling, to identify sources of Jacob's story that preceded the work of the Genesis writers.

The biblical writers were skilled mosaic-makers, Zakovitch shows, and their achievement was to reshape diverse pre-biblical representations of Jacob in support of their emerging new religion and identity. As the author follows Jacob in his wanderings and revelations, his successes, disgraces, and disappointments, he also considers the religious and political environment in which the Bible was written, offering a powerful explication of early Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300144260
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
Jewish Lives Series
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,264,299
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 "The children struggled in her womb": The Fight for the Birthright 13

2 "He should cheat me twice? He took my birthright and now he has taken my blessing!": Jacob the Deceiver 28

3 "And behold, a stairway was set on the ground and its head reached to the sky": Jacob's Dream at Bethel 46

4 "It is not the practice in our place": Wives and Sons, A Mixed Blessing 61

5 "Let me go and I will go to my place and to my land": Jacob's Odyssey from Slavery to Freedom 76

6 "For you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed": Jacob's Homebound Encounters 93

7 "Should our sister be treated like a whore?": Jacob in Shechem 116

8 "And Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his kin in ripe old age": Deaths in the Family 136

9 "And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, for he was the son of his old age": Priority of the Young 151

10 "Gather together, that I may tell you what is to befall you in the days to come": An End, A Beginning 169

Conclusion 181

Index 193

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