The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children

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Rife with incest, adultery, rape, and murder, 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 relations with his own daughter-in-law. Meanwhile, jealous of ...

The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children 2009, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691141237

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The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children 2006, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691121222

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