Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quote of the Day (David Wolpe, on the Bible’s Jacob, ‘Faithful and Guileful’)

“[W]ere he only a con artist, Jacob would not be worthy of our interest. But Jacob is a dreamer, a legacy he will pass on to his son Joseph, and, in a supreme moment of self-transcendence, he wrestles with an angel and is transformed into Israel—one who struggles with God. Faithful and guileful, there is an unevenness to his character.”-- David Wolpe, “Patriarch of Identity: Who is Jacob, and What Does He Mean?” The Weekly Standard, March 18, 2013

The portion of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel shown here depicts The Ancestors of Christ: Jacob, Joseph (1512).

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