A new book review from The Movie Snob.
Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch, by Yair Zakovitch (2012). This is a very interesting book in which a scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem engages in a close reading of the biblical story of Jacob. He tries to see where various influences were brought to bear on the story at various stages of the story’s editing—sometimes the editors were willing to show Jacobs warts and all, and at other times it is pretty clear the editors were trying to shape the narrative a little bit to put the patriarch in a more positive light. And he also detects tension between the editors who were supporters of the northern kingdom of Israel versus those who favored the southern kingdom of Judah. But he doesn’t really seem to doubt that there actually was a real person behind all the stories. Anyway, I thought it was a really interesting read.