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Bibil Identifier bibil:239538
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Going Up and Going Down
Title (English, ) A Key to Interpreting Jacob's Dream (Genesis 28.10-22)
Author Peleg, Yitzhak (Itzik)
Author Rozen, Betty
Series Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies (Volume: 609)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 22062
Place 222.1.08
Publishing house Bloomsbury
Place London et al.
ISBN 978-0-56766-025-1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
294 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Translation
Abstract In Going Up and Going Down Yitzhak Peleg argues that the story of Jacob's dream (Genesis 28.10-22), functions as a mise en abyme ('as a figure, trope or structure that somehow reflects in compact form, in miniature, the larger structure in which it appears', Greenstein). Close examination reveals that focusing on the vision of Jacob's dream and understanding it as a symbolic dream facilitates an explanation of the dream and its meaning.
Scholars have historically classified the dream as theophany, the purpose of which is to explain how Beth-El became a sacred place, and as such the vision in Jacob's dream is generally accepted as merely ornamental, or even lacking a message in itself. Whilst Peleg does not contradict or seek to go against identification of the dream as theophany, he sees a more nuanced purpose behind its presentation. Peleg's proposal is that the description of the vision, and especially that of the movement of the angels, is not embellishment, supplementation or scenic background, of God's message, but that it directly symbolizes the path taken by the Patriarchs to and from the Promised Land. Furthermore, the narrative context and visual description in the dream in which 'Angels of God were going up and down it' appears when Jacob is on his way to Harran, that is to say, when he is about to leave Israel.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Genesis
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Literary Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Jacob
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Dream
Pericopes Genesis 28,10-28,22
Terms עָלָה עלה
יָרַד ירד
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