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Jacob : unexpected patriarch

Author: Yair Zakovitch
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
Series: Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Jacob, (Biblical patriarch); Jakob.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yair Zakovitch
ISBN: 9780300144260 0300144261
OCLC Number: 785864776
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 202 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Chap. 1. The children struggled in her womb: the fight for the birthright --
Chapt. 2. He should cheat me twice? He took my birthright and now he has taken my blessing!: Jacob the deceiver --
Chapt. 3. And behold, a stairway was set on the ground and its head reached to the sky: Jacobs dream at Bethel --
Chapt. 4. It is not the practice in our place: wives and sons, a mixed blessing --
Chapt. 5. Let me go and I will go to my place and to my land: Jacobs odyssey from slavery to freedom --
Chapt. 6. For you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed: Jacob's homebound encounters --
Chapt. 7. Should our sister be treated like a whore? Jacob in Shechem --
Chapt. 8. And Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his kin in ripe old age: deaths in the family --
Chapt. 9. And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, for he was the son of his old age: priority of the young --
Chapt. 10. Gather together that I may tell you what is to befall you in the days to come: an end, a beginning.
Series Title: Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Responsibility: Yair Zakovitch ; translated from the Hebrew by Valerie Zakovitch.

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