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The ‘Literary’ in Trickster Narratives: A Comparison of Gen 27:1–39; 29:15–30; 31:19–55; Joshua 9 and 2 Sam 3:26–27

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Two stories of deceit can be found in the Jacob cycle, in the book of Genesis. There are indeed many similarities in these two stories, as both episodes relate a deceit on identity. This theory was based on a narrative-critical approach, which seems the most suitable manner to draw attention to the difference in the number of characters and the relationship between them. The explanation of this literary device fits perfectly for the wedding and the blessing episodes of Genesis 27 and 29. Both being located in the cycle of Jacob, they are two excellent illustrations of a trick being rendered in one case with many explanations and details, in the other nearly without any information. In each narrative, the different modes of management are arranged in order to allow the narrator to bring the reader either to the side of the trickster or to the side of the victim.

Keywords: Genesis; Jacob; Joshua; narrator; Rachel; trickster narratives



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