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The Resource The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children, James L. Kugel

The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children, James L. Kugel

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The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children
Title
The ladder of Jacob
Title remainder
ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children
Statement of responsibility
James L. Kugel
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 their younger sibling Joseph, the brothers conspired to kill him; they later relented and merely sold him into slavery. These stories presented a particular challenge for ancient biblical interpreters. After all, Jacob's sons were the founders of the nation of Israel and ought to have been models of virtue. In The Ladder of Jacob, renowned biblical scholar James Kugel retraces the steps of ancient biblical interpreters as they struggled with such problems. Kugel reveals how they often fixed on a little detail in the Bible's wording to "deduce" something not openly stated in the narrative. Thus, Simeon and Levi, they concluded, tricked no one. As for Reuben, he was led astray after having caught sight of Bilhah bathing, while Judah was the unfortunate victim of his own weakness for alcohol. These are among the earliest examples of ancient biblical interpretation (midrash). They are found in retellings of biblical stories that appeared in the closing centuries BCE--in the Book of Jubilees, the Aramaic Levi Document, the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and other noncanonical works. Through careful analysis of these retellings, Kugel is able to reconstruct how ancient interpreters worked. The Ladder of Jacob is an artful, compelling account of the very beginnings of biblical interpretation
Cataloging source
E7B
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Kugel, James L
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Jacob
  • Jacob
  • Christianity
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Christianity
Label
The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children, James L. Kugel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-262) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn698590791
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400827015
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
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22573/cttvp4s
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)698590791
Label
The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children, James L. Kugel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-262) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn698590791
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 278 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400827015
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/cttvp4s
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)698590791

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