n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - The Jacob cycle narratively speaking : the question of the extent of the Jacob cycle in the book of Genesis

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


The present state of research on the Jacob cycle demonstrates a clear lack of consensus on the exact borders of this block of material within the book of Genesis. While scholars are generally unanimous on the beginning of the cycle (Gen 25:19), they are less so when it comes to setting its upper limits, even where similar criteria are applied to the texts. The present article argues that using a set of combined criteria that do not only respect the final form of the book of Genesis but also take its specific narrative feature into consideration can bring some new insights into the current discussion.

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