This is the first full-length study of siblings in the Hebrew Bible, which develops some of its most memorable plots around sibling interaction. Greenspahn seeks an explanation for the Bible's preference for younger siblings, who tend to emerge triumphant in tales of sibling conflict. He concludes that ancient Israelite fathers were free to give preference to the son of their choice; but beyond that, he argues that Israel was itself a younger brother to older rivals, and that these tales thus serve as complex parables of God's relationship to Israel.

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