Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award



Document Type



Theology, Ministry, Missions (GST)

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Mark Hamilton

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Jeffrey Childers

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Christopher Rollston


This thesis seeks to describe the Jacob narrative through the lens of memory. Taking Gen 28:10-22 as a case study, the objective is to place Jacob’s visit to Bethel alongside other ancient referential claims, analyzing it for authentic memories. However, the complex nature of memory is susceptible to preservation and revision. That is to say, having no desire to comport to modern historical-critical sensibilities, memory’s epistemological underpinnings are concerned primarily with reconstructing a remembered past for subsequent generations of Israelite tradents. In order to understand the historical background to the Jacob narrative in its entirety, a formal analysis of Iron Age scribal practices is employed, that is, the type of knowledge innate in Iron Age sources—oral and written—as well as the function of alphabetic prose narrative texts. Finally, the conclusion reached in this thesis is that the Jacob narrative contains early and late features that resonate well with memory’s trappings.

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