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A. de PURY, Le cycle de jacob comme légende autonome des origines d'lsraël

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The gesture of Jacob is obviously the story of a great adventure, but it is also a story that has fundamental value, because the story of the ancestor founded the existence of the group that descends and calls him. The sequence of events in the cycle of Jacob is consistent, and convergence of the story to the birth of a new group is so obvious that it can be interpreted as anything other than this cycle. The group that carries the Jacob cycle needs neither the Exodus nor a conquest narrative to explain its presence in the country. The Jacob cycle is rooted neither in the royal institution nor in the city feudalism or in the prophetic or priestly circles. It reflects a tribal conception of society and reports inter-tribal and international relations by resorting to the system of segmented genealogy. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Exodus; feudalism; genealog; Jacob cycle; royal institution



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