The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0462 Friday, 11 March 2005
Date: Thursday, 10 Mar 2005 11:36:08 -0600
Subject: 16.0455 Othello's Name
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0455 Othello's Name
Joachim Martillo writes
>Iago is a variant of Jacob, and Jacob is the Hebrew Autolykus, who in
>classical literature was the epitome of dishonesty and treachery.
I suppose he means Jacob the son of Isaac and Rebekah, who was also
known as Israel, the father of the Twelve Tribes.
Although Jacob is somewhat problematic for his craftiness (like many
scriptural figures), he remains venerated as the immediate father of
"the Children Of Israel"-his other name, of course. Countless male
babies-Jewish and Christian-have been named for him, including two of
Jesus' disciples and one of his brothers.
Or is there another Jacob?
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