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The Jacob Tradition

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The reference to the motif of God's Face and to Jacob's seeing of God "face to face" could however indicate that the authors or editors of Jacob's account might be cognizant of the broader anthropomorphic theophanic debates in which the motif of God's Face played an important role. In order to clarify these theophanic developments, which can shed further light on the background of Jacob's biblical story, this chapter turn to other materials associated with Jacob's traditions where his visionary accounts have a more elaborated form. Such materials include the Ladder of Jacob, a Jewish pseudepigraphon, which has survived in its Slavonic translation. The imagery of the divine/angelic faces plays a prominent role in the first chapter of Ladder. Scholars have previously noted that in Ladder the fiery Face not only embodies God's Glory but also seems to represent the heavenly counterpart of Jacob.

Keywords: God; Jacob's biblical story; Jewish pseudepigraphon; Ladder of Jacob; Slavonic translation



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