barre at barre at
Fri Sep 8 17:22:59 EDT 2000

The story appears to be an etiological cult legend, intended to tell 
the story of how Penuel came to be named.  But is also tells how 
Jacob came to be called Israel, the latter being non-traditional but 
suddenly adopted.  I suspect that this story was told when Israel 
adopted that name after the takeover or better reorganization of 
Canaan in the 13th century.


L.M. Barre, Ph.D. 
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