Stolen Gods and Stolen Blessings? The Narrative Significance of Rachelâ€™s Theft in the Intertextual Mapping of the Jacob Cycle
Rachelâ€™s theft of her fatherâ€™s teraphim has generated little interest in modern studies of the Jacob cycle. The reason for this particular lack of attention comes partly from the obscurity of Rachelâ€™s theft, and the perceived insignificance of this theft in the mapping of the Jacob stories. However, this treatment of Rachelâ€™s theft often ignores the web of subtle intertextual connections between Rachelâ€™s theft and Jacobâ€™s earlier deception of his father. Drawing on these intertextual links, the present article engages the literary clues within the two stories that directly suggest the placement of Rachelâ€™s theft and deception of her father in the same character zone with the earlier story of Jacobâ€™s deception of his father. Consequently, the study provides a fresh engagement with an obscure theft by Rachel, and underscores its overall narrative significance to the Jacob cycle.
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