A History of the Hebrews Volume 1

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the land, and his seed shall spread abroad to the four winds of heaven. When he awakes he perceives that Yahve is in this place, and calls it Bethel.5 E has omitted a statement in J, concerning the continuation of the journey, analogous to chap. xxix. I. We next find Jacob before a well in the open country, where he enters into conversation with the shepherds who are watering their sheep. He learns that he is talking with the servants of Laban, son of Nahor, and brother of his mother. Laban's own daughter Eachel soon comes. Jacob, as a relative, kisses her and weeps for joy. Laban himself greets his sister's son, takes him into his house, and after Jacob has served him for some time, offers to arrange with him about wages.1 1 Gen. xxv. 21-24, 27-34 (w. 24, 27 f. also in E). As to its being placed after chap. xxvi. see Dillm.5 p. 312; as to v. 27, Budde, p. 217. 2 To J probably belonged v. 7, part of 15 (against Dillm.; cf. indeed Dillm.5 p. 333 as to xxix. 6, 18, with the authorship he ascribes to xxvii. 15, at p. 322), 20, 24-27, 296, 30a, 35-38, 45. 3 V. 35. 4 At least the substance of xxviii. 11a must have stood in J as well as E. 6 Gen. xxviii. 10 (11a), 13-16, 19a. The negotiations concerning Eachel, the substitution of Leah, and the final winning of Eachel by another seven years' service, are now told by E from E. Nothing seems to point to our author except Laban's excusing himself by alleging a custom of the country.2 Leah bears Eeuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, but Eachel is barren. By her handmaid, Bilhah, Jacob begets Dan and Naphtali; by Leah's handmaid, Zilpah, Gad and Asher. For Eeuben's loveapple Leah purchases from Eachel the privilege of cohabiting with Jacob. Leah bears Issachar and Zebulun; Eachel bears Joseph.3 Jacob now...

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