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The History of the Jacob Cycle (Genesis 25–35)

Recent Research on the Compilation, the Redaction and the Reception of the Biblical Narrative and Its Historical and Cultural Contexts
Edited by Benedikt Hensel

[Die Geschichte des Jakob-Zyklus. Neue Forschungen über die Zusammenstellung, Bearbeitung und Rezeption der biblischen Erzählung und ihrer historischen und kulturellen Kontexte.]

2021. VIII, 236 pages.

Archaeology and Bible 4

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The Jacob Cycle seems to be one of the oldest origin traditions preserved in the Hebrew Bible. Yet, in spite of the previous consensus in the field, new studies and current archaeological findings have scrutinized several of the previous »certainties«, leading to a debate on whether some of the basic assumptions should be modified or even rejected. The volume comprises seven articles from renowned international specialists in the field that offer comprehensive insights into new approaches and current research questions.
Untangling the growth of the Jacob Cycle and the historical realities behind it is of enduring interest, as the studies on the Jacob Cycle in recent years indicate. It seems to be one of the oldest origin traditions preserved in the Hebrew Bible. In spite of the previous consensus in the field, new studies and current archaeological findings have scrutinized several of the previous »certainties«, leading to a debate on whether some of the basic assumptions should be modified or even rejected.
This volume comprises seven articles from renowned international specialists in the field that offer comprehensive insights into new approaches and current research questions. The unique perspective lays in its combining of literary, archaeological, and historical approaches in order to understand and to evaluate the historical realities behind the Jacob Cycle and its traditions.
Survey of contents
Benedikt Hensel: The History of the Jacob Cycle in Recent Research: An Introduction to the Volume – Konrad Schmid: Shifting Political Theologies in the Literary Development of the Jacob Cycle – Friederike Neumann: Jacob, Laban, and the Two Daughters: Insights into the Formation of the Jacob-Laban-Story (Genesis 29–31) – Benedikt Hensel: Edom in the Jacob Cycle (Gen *25–35): New Insights on Its Positive Relations with Israel, the Literary-Historical Development of Its Role, and Its Historical Background(s) – Jakob Wöhrle: Jacob from Israel and Jacob from Judah: Reflections upon the Formation and the Historical Backgrounds of the Jacob Story – Christian Frevel: Jacob as Father of the Twelve Tribes: Literary and Historical Considerations – Guy Darshan: The Priestly Account of the End of Jacob's Life: The Significance of Text-Critical Evidence – Aharon Tavger: »And He Called the Name of that Place Bethel« (Gen 28:19): Historical-Geography and Archaeology of the Sanctuary of Bethel
Authors/Editors

Benedikt Hensel Born 1979; 2011 PhD; 2016 Habilitation; currently Visiting Interim Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism at the Faculty of Theology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6608-2676

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