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Product Details

  • Series: Jewish Lives
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300144261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300144260
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Zakovitch draws a colorful picture of the complex and enigmatic patriarch, whose story is essential for understanding the traditions of ancient Hebrews regarding their early days. This is an irreplaceable, must-read book for whoever is interested in the Hebrew Bible and the history of ancient Israel.”—Israel Finkelstein, author of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
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"An engaging analysis of one of the Bible's most complex figures."—Kirkus Reviews
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"Zakovitch has provided us with a brilliant analytical biography utilizing traditional rabbinic sources, ancient Near Eastern literature, non-canonical biblical books, modern critical techniques, and incisive hermeneutical interpretation. The scholar will appreciate the nuances and the neophyte will be enthralled by new discoveries."—Wallace Greene, Jewish Book World
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About the Author

Yair Zakovitch is Emeritus Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor of Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is author of numerous commentaries and monographs on the Hebrew Bible, and co-author (with Avigdor Shinan) of two Israeli bestsellers. He lives in Israel.

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This is a useful book in that it reflects the various stages of Jacob's life and behaviors. I used it in putting together a sermon, and plan to use it again in looking at what we can learn about ourselves from the personalities in the Old Testament.
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By PAB on January 2, 2015
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Fresh approach to a story that does not get enough attention. This book is both scholarly and human a rare combination.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Sommer on August 22, 2013
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excellent picture of revered patriarch. proves that jacob was human and not saintly. pictures jacob as a real person, someone to respect. prof. zakovitch does an excellent job making biblical account of jacob's life real and truthful.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By savta on September 8, 2013
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Very disappointing both in content and organization of the book.
After reading it very carefully I have no idea why it was written; there are no new insights or points of view.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 20, 2012
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Excellent writing. Comprehensive. Very interesting. Worth the read. Ideas covered in depth, and easily understood. Author expresses some of my own feelings, but, goes on to explain these "feelings" with data taken from the actual texts written about Jacob.
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