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I didn't mean to imply that apocreefell = wrong. My model of things has rescued a great deal of this type material. As I noted in a previous post, in one of the Greek memories of Jacob, he had no sons and only one daughter, Danae ("Dinah").

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This may actually reflect the actual history of the god Re, whose 12 children (sons and daughters) were not his own. In some traditions, Isis was considered the daughter of Re, but that seems not to have been literally true either.

14 is a very nice number. That was my basketball number in high school (when I was known as the "Mad Bomber").

In the case of gematria 14 represents double/twin seven. There is probably also an astronomical significance. Mabye Helge can comment.

Princes invariably married their sisters (close female relatives), and some sisters became consorts to more than one brother. Nothing surprising about that element of the Talmudic legend. Also keep in mind that the leading queen possibly even more so than the leading king had multiple identities in order to segregate her various marriages and families.

Triplets do not seem to be as important in the Bible as in other ancient sources. (However, the architecture of the Book of Genesis contains doublets and triplets as noted by Richard Elliot Friedman and other scholars.) For example, the Westcar Papyrus is a tale about a set of triplets that formed the core of the Egyptian 5th Dynasty. As it turns out they were not literal triplets, but three son of a single queen. The first son was also the father of the other two sons (ala the later Akhenaten and Queen Tiye)!

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Such things were scandalous even in ancient times, at least outside the inner circle of royalty, and were guarded to varying degrees.

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