Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch (Jewish Lives) by Yair Zakovitch
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Overview: A meditation on the complex life of the father of the Twelve Tribes and how the ancient writers and storytellers shaped his identity
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.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy