The Ladder of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations of the Biblical Story of Jacob and His Children

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SUBJECT INDEX
Aaron, 115, 212
Abel Mayin, 124, 167
Abraham, 135, 164, 167; acted as a priest, 131–32; God's covenant with, 22, 30, 145, 147; was persecuted by Shechemites, 56, 59–61
ALD (Aramaic Levi Document), 115–16, 123, 151, 152, 157–58, 234n15; cannot have been composed in third century B.C.E., 157–58; compiled from two first-person Levi narratives, 162–65; contradictions in, 159, 161, 220; Levi's two visions in, 124–26, 142–44; palaeographic dating of, 151–52, 157; relationship to Jubilees, 152–58, 161–62; side-trip to Hebron in, 124–26, 141
Alexander Polyhistor, 45
ancient interpreters: not authors of commentaries, 37; four assumptions of, 3–4; interpreted verses, not chapters, 4
angel(s), 13, 20, 202; accompanied Jacob to Bethel, 12; anointed Levi, 124, 142, 150; capable of only one task, 224n3; descended and ascended to see Jacob, 16–17, 18–19, 225n8; lower order of, do not keep Sabbath, 199; opened gates of heaven, 124, 147; of the presence and of sanctification, 192–93, 224n1; told Jacob about Reuben and Bilhah, 93–96; provided weapons to Simeon and Levi, 38, 39, 41; punished for revealing secrets or for arrogance, 13–14; rule over different nations, 20–21; do not rule over Israel, 200. See also Angel of Peace; Erellim; Michael; Phanuel; Prince of Lights; Raphael; Sariel
Angel of Peace, 190, 204; greets departing souls, 205; guards Israel, 204–5; 213–14; in 4Q228, 261n26
Aqiba, Rabbi, 192
Aramaic Levi Document. See ALD
Aramaic targums, 18, 42. See also Fragment Targum; Samaritan Targum; Targum Neophyti; Targum Onqelos; Targum Pseudo-Jonathan
Aseneth, 148
Baal Peor, sin of, 70
Babylon. See Four Empires

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