Sibling Rivalry in the Book of Genesis (Remote)

Anthony Wexler
SAGES Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Department of English, CWRU
Wednesday March 24 (please note date change)
7 p.m. ET

The book of Genesis is full of stories about siblings who do not get along. Indeed, it would be impossible to read Genesis without considering the first fratricide, or the struggles between Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers. In this lecture, we’ll examine these rivalries and the connections between them. We’ll consider why such rivalries play such an important role in the first book of the Bible, and the role that parents play – or fail to play – in these rivalries.

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