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The Evidence Of The Early Prophet Stories

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The Abraham Cycle (Genesis 12:1–25:11) differs from the Jacob Cycle (Genesis 25:19–35, 29–36) in several respects. One fundamental difference is that in the stories of divine revelations to Jacob, God is portrayed mainly as a deity of personal protection. This study confines itself, therefore, to details that are illustrative of the distinctions between North and South. The Abraham Cycle consists of several discrete stories, each founded on an independent plot and setting. This study, shows some significant differences between Abraham and Jacob. Rather than dealing with the history of traditions, the author prefers in this study to focus on the differences between the literary evidence of the North vs. that of the South. The story about Jacob at Bethel (28:11–22) contains ideological messages on several levels. The differences between the Abraham and the Jacob narratives are reminiscent in some respects of those between the northern and southern prophetic stories.

Keywords:Abraham; Bethel; Evidence; Jacob; northern prophetic stories; southern prophetic stories



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