I mean I LIKED picturing Jacob, last of the great desert chieftains,
charge out of the desert on his camel in the dark of night
to take on that combatative angel
or to herd the sheep into the Land of Canaan
back there in the 1st half of the 2nd millennium B.C.
Alas! Carbon-dating indicates camels are naught but poetic license,
“back projections from a much later period.”*
The image still intrigues.
*The NYT quotes Israeli biblical scholar Noam Mizrahi. The camels “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium, but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.”