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Some Advantages of Recycling 

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The Jacob Cycle in a Later Environment

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In this short study we explore allusions to the Jacob Cycle in 1 Samuel, and the network of correspondences between Genesis 31 (Jacob fleeing from Laban, and Rachel stealing the teraphim) and 1 Samuel 19 (David fleeing from Saul, and Michal aiding his escape through teraphim). Both of these episodes feature deceptive fathers-in-law (Saul and Laban), younger daughters (Michal and Rachel), fugitive husbands (David and Jacob), and hidden idols (Michal hides the teraphim in the bed to fool Saul’s agents, and Rachel hides her father’s teraphim under her camel’s saddle). We suggest that this example of intertextuality between Genesis and Samuel has a number of theological and literary purposes.

Affiliations: 1: Crandall University, Canada
; 2: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany


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