Beziehungen und Formen im sozialen Netzwerk der Jakobserzählung


Story of Jacob
Narrative analysis
Social Network Analysis
Book of Genesis
Literature studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

How to Cite

Dörpinghaus, B., & Wünch, H.-G. (2023). Beziehungen und Formen im sozialen Netzwerk der Jakobserzählung: Eine narratologische Perspektive. Old Testament Essays, 36(2), 347–367. Retrieved from


Social relations and social networks are at the core of society. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is an emerging field that examines these networks and their structures. In this article, we will apply methods from SNA to a narrative text in the book of Genesis and analyse the social structure in the story of Jacob. In particular, we will discuss how closely connected narrative exegesis and SNA are and how this helps to understand the social dynamics described in the text. We will also discuss the limitations of this method within Old Testament studies.


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