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The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children

Author: James L Kugel
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
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The biblical story of Jacob and his children must have troubled ancient readers. By any standard, this was a family with problems. Jacob's oldest son Reuben is said to have slept with his father's concubine Bilhah. The next two sons, Simeon and Levi, tricked the men of a nearby city into undergoing circumcision, and then murdered all of them as revenge for the rape of their sister. Judah, the fourth son, had sexual  Read more...
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Named Person: Jacob, (Biblical patriarch)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James L Kugel
ISBN: 0691121222 : alk. paper) 9780691121222 (hardcover (same as above) : alk. paper) 9780691141237 (pbk.) 0691141231 (pbk.
OCLC Number: 61151456
Awards: Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2007.
Description: xiii, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Jacob and the Bible's ancient interpreters --
The ladder of Jacob --
The rape of Dinah, and Simeon and Levi's revenge --
Reuben's sin with Bilhah --
How Levi came to be a priest --
Judah and the trial of Tamar --
A prayer about Jacob and Israel from the Dead Sea scrolls.
Responsibility: James L. Kugel.
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Rife with incest, rape, and murder, the biblical story of Jacob and his children must have troubled ancient readers. This title traces the steps of ancient biblical interpreters as they struggled  Read more...

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007 "The Ladder of Jacob is one of the most readable and attractive introductions to the general style of traditional Jewish reasoning from Scripture. Read more...

 
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