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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919


SNYMAN, Gerrie F.. Readers' Disgust in the Case of Rebekah, Jacob, Isaac, and Esau: Perverters of Justice?. Old testam. essays [online]. 2020, vol.33, n.3, pp.445-472. ISSN 2312-3621.

Popular readings, for example, sermons appear to exonerate Rebekah and Jacob (Gen. 25: 19-34; Gen 27-29, 33), as if they want to salvage the relation between faith and good character. Scholarly readings are more ready to question Rebekah and Jacob on a continuum between Rebekah and Jacob as deceitful and rescuing the Abrahamic covenant. Who are to be regarded as the perpetrators perverting justice in this narrative? In this essay, I would optfor Esau as the injured party of the fraud perpetrated by his mother and brother. The argument starts with the notion of moral perversity as framed by the concept of moral injury as well as disgust expressed at moral digressions. This discussion will be followed by an explanation of four sermons on Jacob, Esau, Rebekah, and Isaac. The argument will be directed to a discussion of selected scholarly interpretations of the story cycle.

Keywords : Rebekah; Jacob; Esau; Isaac; Perpetrator Studies; Sermons; Covenant; Reception; Contextualisation; Ethics of Interpretation; Decolonization; Postcolonialism.

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