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The Torah And The Art Of Narrative

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Jacob's and Rebecca's deception gives Jacob the chance to obtain his father's blessing surreptitiously in order to shift the narrative in the direction of Jacob and his prospective twelve sons. The narrative concentrates on Jacob's disguise and actions that finally overcome the suspicions of the blind old man who blesses the younger son who had taken his older brother's place. Rashbam is the first of the Northern French commentators to explain that a person's voice is the crucial means of recognition (anagnorisis). It is noteworthy that the emphasis on the human voice also forms a decisive element in the vernacular courtly literature. Ulrich Molk was the first to detect this concept and to prove that it appears neither in ancient classical texts nor in the early medieval literature, but only in the courtly romances in twelfth-century Northern France.

Keywords:Jacob; Rashbam; Rebecca; romance

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