Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The birth of Benjamin

In the Qur'an, Benjamin is referred to as righteous young child, who remained with Jacob when the older brothers plotted against Joseph. Textual scholars regard these two names as fragments of naming narratives coming from different sources - one being the Jahwist and the other being the Elohist.

The whole of chapter 38 deals with Jacob's son Judah and the events surrounding the birth of his two sons, twins. Just like we gave close attention to the details of the birth account of Ben-Oni / Benjamin, the details of this highly unusual birth account are worthy of our attention. However, some classical rabbinical sources argue that Joseph identified himself for other reasons. Notice here that Joseph's mother is mentioned as though she were alive (and therefore had not yet died in childbirth) and that his dream mentioned 11 stars. The narrative goes on to state that when Judah (on behalf of the other brothers) begged Joseph not to enslave Benjamin and instead enslave him, since enslavement of Benjamin would break Jacob's heart. In these sources, Benjamin swore an oath, on the memory of Joseph, that he was innocent of theft, and, when challenged about how believable the oath would be, explained that remembering Joseph was so important to him that he had named his sons in Joseph's honour; these sources go on to state that Benjamin's oath touched Joseph so deeply that Joseph was no longer able to pretend to be a stranger.

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The Qur'an, in the narrative of Joseph, refers to Benjamin as the righteous youngest son of Jacob. The etymology of the name interpreted as son of the right side. The midrashic book of Jasher argues that prior to revealing his identity, Joseph asked Benjamin to find his missing brother (i.e. Jacob understood the 11 stars to represent Joseph's brothers, which indicates knowledge that Rachel was pregnant with Benjamin. Being associated with the right hand side was traditionally a reference to strength and virtue (cf sinister, which derives from the latin for left). Perez means "a breach." Since this chapter introducing his birth appears as a parenthetical insertion and therefore as a breach in the flow of the context our attention is arrested to seek out the deeper meaning.

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Benjamin was the last-born of Jacob's thirteen children (12 sons 1 daughter), and the second and last son of Rachel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition. He was the progenitor of the Israelite Tribe of Benjamin. Although the record of Benjamin's birth is found in Genesis chapter 35, his birth took place at around the time of Joseph's dream. This chapter has been inserted here to augment the prophecy being developed. Y'shua is the underlying subject of chapter 38 because He's descended from Perez, Judah's "middle twin" son. As we know from the prophetic scriptures, the children of Israel (and all who ever lived and will live - Isaiah 45:23) will eventually bow before Jesus. Islamic tradition, however, does not provide much detail regarding Benjamin's life and refers to him as being born from Jacob's wife Rachel, and further links a connection, as does Jewish tradition, between the names of Benjamin's children and Joseph. This caused Joseph to recant and reveal his identity. Modern scholars have instead proposed that, with the eponymous Benjamin being just a metaphor, son of the south / son of the right are references to the tribe's being subordinate to the more dominant tribe of Ephraim.

As you know (from having recently read Chapter 42, right?) they would indeed come to bow before Joseph. Later rabbinic traditions name him as one of four ancient Israelites who died without sin, the other three being Chileab, Jesse and Amram.

The Torah's Joseph narrative, at a stage when Joseph is unrecognised by his brothers, describes Joseph as testing whether his brothers have reformed by secretly planting a silver cup in Benjamin's bag, then publicly searching the bags for it, and after finding it in Benjamin's possession, demanding that Benjamin become his slave as a punishment. Joseph) via astrology, using an astrolabe-like tool; it continues by stating that Benjamin divined that the man on the throne was Joseph, so Joseph identified himself to Benjamin (but not the other brothers), and revealed his scheme (as in the Torah) to test how fraternal the other brothers were. In the Biblical account, unlike Rachel's first son, Joseph, Benjamin was born in Canaan. This is, however, not the only literal translation, as the root for right is identical to that for south, hence Benjamin also literally translates as son of the south. In the Samaritan Pentateuch, Benjamin's name appears as "Binyaamem" (Hebrew: ࠁࠍࠉࠌࠉࠌ, "Son of my days"). This meaning is advocated by several classical rabbinical sources, which argue that it refers to the birth of Benjamin in Canaan, as compared with the birth of all the other sons of Jacob in Aram. Joseph is declared in verse 2 as being seventeen, the probable difference in age between he and Benjamin.

According to the Torah, Benjamin's name arose when Jacob deliberately corrupted the name Benoni, the original name of Benjamin, since Benoni was an allusion to Rachel's dying just after she had given birth, as it means son of my pain.

The rape of Dinah

We have seen that the rape was of minor importance in the history of reading Genesis 34. Dinah’s story has yet to be told. In contrast, the brothers loved their sister. These examples from the recent history of interpretation demonstrate that rape has been severely marginalized in many scholarly interpretations. Given after the rape, the money is not like a bride price. Interpreters sometimes wonder why the brothers refer to prostitution and not to rape. But how can rape be ended?

Still, the brothers’ final question in verse 31 demonstrates the complexity of their attempt to deal with the rape. Their negotiation tactics exemplify that marriage negotiations with the family of Sarah and Abraham are usually deceptive. Dinah cannot be traded for economic gain. Whether or not ancient Israelite women approved of marrying their rapist, is not a question asked even once. God may not wield the gavel here but as the translation of Dinah’s name suggests, judgment was still rendered. Yet, the widespread promotion of the rapist and the indifference toward his accountability demands an alternative interpretation. Thus, the rape has to play a center role. After Jacob’s accusation in verse 30, which mentions only the trouble his sons bring to him and his house, the brothers continue to focus on Dinah and her well being. Thus, the history of reading Genesis 34 offers considerable insights into the dynamics of a rape-prone culture and the Western societal neglect to regard rape as a cultural, political, and religious problem. She was not a willing participant. They understand that Shechem seeks to pay for the rape, euphemistically calling his payment “bride price” (verse 12). Again, sympathy accumulates with the rapist. This alternative interpretation emphasizes the significance of verses 1-3 for the understanding of Genesis 34. In it, the rape plays a center role.

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Upon hearing the news about his daughter, Jacob is at first silent; then he negotiates Dinah’s marriage to Shechem. The killing of the male Shechemites and the capture of the women and children do not appeal to most contemporary feminist or non-feminist sensibilities. This seems peculiar—does it suggest that Dinah was not raped? In the Hebrew Scriptures, rape is generally indicated by a cry for help from the woman (showing lack of consent) and violence on the part of the man (indicating a forcible, hostile act).

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But that’s why, despite its flaws, complexities and misguided interpretations, we need to read this story as both the Torah’s condemnation of rape, as well as its willingness to hold responsible the people who allow a culture to evolve where rape is acceptable. However, Dinah is not a prostitute who offers sexual favors and then receives payment. The brothers insist on Dinah’s dignity.

Guilty of rape, Shechem redeems himself with the offer of a wedding ring to the raped woman.  However, the brothers act unjustifiably with “insidious murder”. To many scholars, the rape of one woman pales in comparison to the murder of many men. Although they understood that marriage cannot “redeem” rape, they captured other women and children and continued the violence. Will we ever be able to know conclusively what really happened to Dinah? Was she raped? Was she a willing participant in a youthful “adventure” with Shechem? Did Shechem rape her first and then fall in love with her? Did the brothers “castrate” Dinah by killing her innocent and virtuous lover? What seems clear is the fact that the tension between the horror of the rape and the enormity of the killing encouraged many interpreters to minimize the rape. If Dinah has been raped, Jacob ignores his obligation to protect the women of his household and ignores Dinah’s suffering. However, their question makes sense when prostitution is understood as a means to financial gain. When Dinah goes out to visit the daughters of the land, but is instead raped by Shechem, the whole story changes. When foreign men approach the women of this family, the foreigners and not the “patriarchs” are endangered. Not interested in bringing rape to the foreground, many scholars created – what must be termed – rape-prone interpretations. The brothers reject the possibility that Shechem would repair his deed through payment. Shechem attempts to turn rape into legalized sex. They refuse to sell Dinah into marriage because they do not seek economic advantage. Even though we cannot say for sure what “really” happened to Dinah, from a feminist-literary perspective we can claim that Shechem raped Dinah. Shechem offers a sum of money, the customary bride price, and assumes that he so fulfills his obligations as a bridegroom. They ask whether Shechem has a right to treat their sister like a prostitute. The brothers, however, do not isolate the marriage offer from the rape. But even they took revenge in a rape-prone fashion. Shechem did not “love” her, but wanted to do with her as he pleased.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Jacob's reconciliation with Esau

Jacob models for us a truth at the core of our faith: our relationships with God and people are linked. Esau runs to greet his brother. Intent on revenge, Esau threatened to kill Jacob for having wronged him. Jacob bows down before Esau and insists that Esau receive the gifts. Jacob can finally fulfill his promise to Esau, “I will eventually come to you,” and the world can be united under one G-d, with each nation serving in its own unique way.

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Jacob is telling Esau and all of us that there is much work to be done in resolving the inherent tension between the material and the spiritual. In the previous episode involving the two brothers, Jacob stole Esau's birthright and blessing by tricking their father, Isaac. Likewise, in that human reconciliation, we come to see and know God better. Our reconciliation with God makes possible our reconciliation with others. Esau showed forgiveness in spite of this bitter conflict. Genesis 32–33 tells of Jacob and Esau's eventual reconciliation. Christ alone can be our peace, but we are his ambassadors for it. Seeking to protect Jacob from his brother's wrath, their mother, Rebecca, sent Jacob to live with her brother Laban. Esau refuses the gifts, as he is now very wealthy and does not need them. With his brain working overtime (what would someone need four hundred men for?), Jacob first splits his caravan into two in the hope that one of the two of them might escape.

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We read only a short time ago, in Genesis 27, that Jacob stole the birthright and blessing of his brother, Esau. His hip is knocked out of joint but he keeps on wrestling and gains the name.

The ambiguous identity of Jacob’s wrestling opponent is a deliberate feature of the story. In a strange way, as the story comes to an end, Esau is still being generous, while Jacob is still trying to get away.

This encourages Jacob to send his own messengers (malachim) to Esau to announce his arrival with a hint that he is now rich, and that it might be in Esau’s interests to receive him. His benevolence towards Jacob is generous. In fact Jacob has to use all his rhetorical skills to make him accept anything. He wants nothing of Jacob’s, no restitution. “Just let me remain on friendly terms with you,” Jacob tells Esau.

The transformation of Esau is astonishing. Jacob does so and stays away until his brother's anger has subsided. In order to escape Esau's angry wrath and save Jacob's life, their mother, Rebecca, arranged for Jacob to leave home and go far away. (After this, God confirms his renaming of Jacob as "Israel".) Jacob gets the name Israel after he wrestles with the Angel of God as he is traveling to Esau. Jacob rejects even Esau’s offer to help by putting “some of my people at your disposal,” even that poses too great of a risk. The messengers return, and strike fear into Jacob’s heart: Esau is coming to meet him with four hundred men. And this work must be done with complete focus. Jacob had inflicted a wound on his brother that may never heal.

The encounter between Jacob and Esau in Genesis 33:4 appears to be a friendly one. The work of reconciliation applies to families, friends, churches, companies, even people groups and nations. It is fortunate that Esau does not kill Jacob or even hold a grudge against him, but has Esau truly forgotten and forgiven Jacob's betrayal? Does real forgiveness take place between the two men? Although the brothers part unscathed from their encounter, is their relationship really repaired?

Today, after 3568 years of work, the world has become refined and the reconciliation can be completed. It highlights the inseparable elements of Jacob’s struggling with both God and man. Jacob sends his whole family and multiple wives of gifts to Esau as they approach each other in hopes that Esau will spare Jacob's life. However, shortly after their encounter the two part ways and do not meet again until their father's funeral. Springing from God’s initial promise to Abraham, this is a blessing that ought to touch the whole world.

The drama of Jacob and Esau is not over yet. He hugs Jacob and kisses him.

Jacob wrestling with the angel

Jacob wrestled for survival of his people. If any neglect the preparation and heed not the faithful warnings given, they will be without excuse. The angel seemed to be resisting his prayer, by continually calling his sins to his remembrance, at the same time endeavoring to break away from him. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. The angel regarded his prayer with seeming indifference, continually making efforts to release

To the second question: was God trying to kill Jacob? In the wrestling match, Jacob wrestles with God until daybreak (verse 24). As the wicked gather about them, they will be filled with anguish, for, like Jacob, they can see no escape for their lives. And when they should meet Jacob, not one of them should do him harm.

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July 1, 2009 Wrestling w angels Jacob received from Laban what he did to Esau, out of it, he learned obedience, faith, love and hope through G_d. In his dream he saw Jacob in exile from his father's house for twenty years, because he was afraid of his life. Then God touches the hollow of Jacob's thigh and dislocates it, demonstrating that He could have easily defeated Jacob at any time. In his distress Jacob referred to the repentance of his soul, the deep humility he had felt for his wrongs. The spirit of G_d triumphs. Jacob's distress when he learned that Esau was marching against him with four hundred men, represents the trouble of the righteous as the decree goes forth to put them to death, just before the coming of the Lord. Jacob in his distress prayed all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau. When Esau awoke he related his dream to his four hundred men and told them that they must not injure Jacob, for the God of his father was with him. Esau was marching against Jacob with an army, for the purpose of killing his brother. However, the way Hosea 12:3-4 refers to the event is just as unclear, because in verse 3 it says that Jacob "struggled with God" and in verse 4 it says that Jacob "struggled with the angel."

All night Jacob wrestled with the angel, making supplication for a blessing. He saw in his dream Jacob's humility and angels of God around about him. So also will the righteous, in their time of trouble and anguish, wrestle in prayer with God, as Jacob wrestled with the angel. A man is not stronger than an angel. His life had been one of doubt, perplexity, and remorse because of his sin, until his earnest wrestling with the angel, and the evidence he there obtained that God had pardoned his sins.

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The period of probation is the time granted to all to prepare for the day of God. Jacob was obedient in returning to Esau. Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak.' But Jacob replied, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.' The man asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he answered. Jacob's earnest, persevering wrestling with the angel should be an example for Christians: Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined.

Later, in the Book of Hosea, the Bible and the Torah mention Jacob's wrestling again. He did not sanction any wrong course which Jacob pursued. Jacob was determined to hold the angel, not by physical strength, but by the power of living faith. The angel placed himself before Jacob, and he took hold of the angel and held him and wrestled with him all night. He dreamed that when they met he had no mind to harm him. This was a lesson in humility - showing Jacob that compared to God, he was nothing.

Verses 24 through 28 describe the wrestling match between Jacob and the man, in which Jacob ultimately prevails: "So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. But while Jacob was wrestling with the angel that night, another angel was sent to move upon the heart of Esau in his sleeping hours. AnonymousClarksville, AR/USA

The Lord heard the supplications of Jacob, and changed the purposes of Esau's heart. Even Esau who wanted to kill him had a change of heart. Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.'"

Jacob and Esau represent two classes: Jacob, the righteous, and Esau, the wicked. The righteous in their mental anguish will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the hand of the wicked who surround them. And he marked his sorrow to find his mother dead. So what kind of angel tried to stop him? Jacob's faith persisted that overcame rebellion and evil, not his physical strength. Inner change over all physical barriers.

Jacob's gifts to Esau

In the previous episode involving the two brothers, Jacob stole Esau's birthright and blessing by tricking their father, Isaac. Jacob hoped the gifts would make Esau friendly, so Esau would be glad to see him when they met. Jacob does so and stays away until his brother's anger has subsided.

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What can we learn from the events of this story? Are its lessons universal? Imagine that you have had a fight with a parent or sibling because you feel that he or she has wronged you. It is fortunate that Esau does not kill Jacob or even hold a grudge against him, but has Esau truly forgotten and forgiven Jacob's betrayal? Does real forgiveness take place between the two men? Although the brothers part unscathed from their encounter, is their relationship really repaired?

In Esau's mother and father's eyes, the deception may have been deserved. But, as in the situation of Jacob and Esau, the relationship may never be fully repaired. In order to escape Esau's angry wrath and save Jacob's life, their mother, Rebecca, arranged for Jacob to leave home and go far away. Although the offer of gifts is tempting, it does not provide you with the opportunity to tell the other person how hurt you were, why you were hurt, and that you hope he or she never does the same thing again. Genesis 32–33 tells of Jacob and Esau's eventual reconciliation. In anticipation of the reunion, Jacob sends two delegations to his brother Esau. Esau showed forgiveness in spite of this bitter conflict. The text does not say whether the delegation was received by Esau, or whether perhaps they were so impressed by his size and might and direction of advance, that they turn on their heels and report back to Jacob. Intent on revenge, Esau threatened to kill Jacob for having wronged him. Isaac then refuses to take Jacob's blessing back after learning he was tricked, and does not give this blessing to Esau but, after Esau begs, gives him an inferior blessing (Genesis 27:34–40).

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We read only a short time ago, in Genesis 27, that Jacob stole the birthright and blessing of his brother, Esau. Is the problem resolved? It is possible that on the surface, everyone is friendly again. Hours, days, or weeks go by with no communication between you and that person until he or she needs something from you and comes bearing gifts in order to win you over or to insure that you don't seek revenge. 32:4-6), Jacob refers to himself as "servant" and Esau as "lord." His messengers return and tell Jacob that Esau is coming towards him escorted by four hundred men (v. (After this, God confirms his renaming of Jacob as "Israel".) Jacob gets the name Israel after he wrestles with the Angel of God as he is traveling to Esau. "Please accept these gifts as a sign of your friendship for me. He then proceeds to make several preparations for his encounter with Esau and dispatches another delegation, which brings to Esau a considerable gift offering (vv. Jacob had inflicted a wound on his brother that may never heal.

The encounter between Jacob and Esau in Genesis 33:4 appears to be a friendly one. 20And Jacob told them to be sure to say that he was right behind them. 21Jacob's men took the gifts on ahead of him, but he spent the night in camp.

10"No!" Jacob said. 11Please accept these gifts I brought to you. 7), indicating that Esau is getting ready for battle. Jacob bows down before Esau and insists that Esau receive the gifts. Seeking to protect Jacob from his brother's wrath, their mother, Rebecca, sent Jacob to live with her brother Laban. When you welcomed me and I saw your face, it was like seeing the face of God. Jacob sends his whole family and multiple wives of gifts to Esau as they approach each other in hopes that Esau will spare Jacob's life. Without a heartfelt request for forgiveness and a promise to never repeat the same action, a certain trust is lost. 14-22).

The drama of Jacob and Esau is not over yet. Rebekah later abets Jacob in receiving his father's blessing disguised as Esau. Esau refuses the gifts, as he is now very wealthy and does not need them. He hugs Jacob and kisses him. Be that as it may, their message causes Jacob great anxiety. In the message which he sends with the first delegation (Gen. His hip is knocked out of joint but he keeps on wrestling and gains the name.

19Jacob also told the men in charge of the second and third herds and those who followed to say the same thing when they met Esau. However, shortly after their encounter the two part ways and do not meet again until their father's funeral. Esau runs to greet his brother. God has been good to me, and I have everything I need." Jacob kept insisting until Esau accepted the gifts.

In this week's parasha we read of a meeting between the two brothers, Jacob and Esau, after an extended separation, during which time Jacob lived in Laban's household in Haran.

The stones of Galeed

Jacob takes one stone and sets it vertical like a pillar, and tells his people to gather stones and pile them up. It is Hebrew, while the name Jegar-sahadutha, given to it by Laban, is Aramaic (Chaldee or Syriac). It is Hebrew, while the name Jegar-sahadutha, given to it by Laban, is Aramaic (Chaldee or Syriac). But, though galbanum itself is well known, the plant which yields it has not been exactly determined.Easton's Bible DictionaryHeap of witness, the name of the pile of stones erected by Jacob and Laban to Mark the league of friendship into which they entered with each other (Genesis 31:47, 48). The name גלעד (Galeed) is strikingly similar to the name גלעד (Gilead), and Gilead possibly came from Galeed.

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Galeed heap of witness, the name of the pile of stones erected by Jacob and Laban to mark the league of friendship into which they entered with each other (Gen. (Ge 31:43-48) The later name of this region, “Gilead,” was probably drawn from “Galeed,” the name originally given to the spot where this event occurred about 1761 B.C.E.

GALEED (the heap of witness), the name given by Jacob to the heap which he and Laban made on Mount Gilead in witness of the masses, but sometimes found in yellowish tear-like drops. But, though galbanum itself is well known, the plant which yields it has not been exactly determined.

heap of witness, the name of the pile of stones erected by Jacob and Laban to mark the league of friendship into which they entered with each other (Gen. There's only one Galeed mentioned in the Bible. 31:47, 48). Laban calls the resulting heap Jegar-sahadutha but Jacob calls it Galeed.

We don't precisely know where Galeed was located but right after meeting Laban, Jacob crossed the Jabbok, which is an eastern tributary of the Jordan, which drains off the mountains of Gilead. Probably Nahor's family originally spoke Aramaic, and Abraham and his descendants learned Hebrew, a kindred dialect, in the land of Canaan. The name Galeed occurs in Genesis 31:47, where Jacob (not yet named Israel) and his father-in-law Laban cut a covenant of peace and manifest this covenant in the erection of a monument. International Standard Bible EncyclopediaGALEED. 31:47, 48). It is Hebrew, while the name Jegar-sahadutha, given to it by Laban, is Aramaic (Chaldee or Syriac). Probably Nahor's family originally spoke Aramaic, and Abraham and his descendants learned Hebrew, a kindred dialect, in the land of Canaan.

The place in the mountainous region of Gilead E of the Jordan where the patriarchs Jacob and Laban concluded a covenant. This was the name given to the "heap" by Jacob. This was the name given to the "heap" by Jacob. This was the name given to the "heap" by Jacob. Probably Nahor's family originally spoke Aramaic, and Abraham and his descendants learned Hebrew, a kindred dialect, in the land of Canaan.

(the heap of witness), the name given by Jacob to the heap which he and Laban made on Mount Gilead in witness of the masses, but sometimes found in yellowish tear-like drops.

The blemished flock

Indeed, it was an act of pure faith on his part. It would be up to the Lord to indicate, by a very unlikely set of circumstances, whether Jacob should prosper personally or not. 12) And He said, 'Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.

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Worthy Offerings…20'Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. He had put himself entirely at God's mercy. When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock. Those that are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the LORD.…

The Altar Consecrated…On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering, and they shall cleanse the altar as they cleansed it with the bull. NET Bible When you have finished purifying it, you will offer an unblemished young bull and an unblemished ram from the flock.GOD'S WORD® Translation When you finish removing sin, offer a young bull and a ram that have no defects.Jubilee Bible 2000When thou hast finished removing the sin, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish and a ram out of the flock without blemish.King James 2000 BibleWhen you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.American King James VersionWhen you have made an end of cleansing it, you shall offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.American Standard VersionWhen thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.Douay-Rheims BibleAnd when thou shalt have made an end of the expiation thereof, thou shalt offer a calf of the herd without blemish, and a ram of the flock without blemish. 21'When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or for a freewill offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. 24'You shall present them before the LORD, and the priests shall throw salt on them, and they shall offer them up as a burnt offering to the LORD.…

However, Jacob further proposed that, not only would none of these living speckled animals be taken by him, but they would not even be used for breeding purposes. Only such spotted and speckled animals as would be born in the future from the normal-colored animals would become his. New International Version When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.New Living Translation When you have finished the cleansing ceremony, offer another young bull that has no defects and a perfect ram from the flock.English Standard Version When you have finished purifying it, you shall offer a bull from the herd without blemish and a ram from the flock without blemish.New American Standard Bible When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock.King James Bible When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.Holman Christian Standard Bible When you have finished the purification, you are to present a young, unblemished bull and an unblemished ram from the flock.International Standard Version After you've finished the cleansing, you are to present a young bull without defect and a ram from the flock without defect. Darby Bible Translation When thou hast ended purging it, thou shalt present a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish;English Revised VersionWhen thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.Webster's Bible TranslationWhen thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.World English BibleWhen you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.Young's Literal Translation In thy finishing cleansing, thou dost bring near a calf, a son of the herd, a perfect one, and a ram out of the flock, a perfect one.

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(v. He would separate them into a separate flock, and keep them away from the normal-colored animals. Since the solid-colored animals were by far the more numerous, and since it was much less likely that they would bear striped and speckled offspring than those animals that were already striped and speckled - or brown among the sheep - this arrangement clearly was highly favorable to Laban and of very doubtful value to Jacob.

Jacob's children

Laban was reluctant to release him, as God had blessed his flock on account of Jacob. Laban asked what he could pay Jacob. Jacob is also cited in the Hadith as an example of one who was patient and trusting in God in the face of suffering.

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Jewish Apocalyptic literature of the Hellenistic period includes many ancient texts with narratives about Jacob, many times with details different from Genesis. When he told his brothers about these dreams, it drove them to conspire against him. Esau's spirit of revenge, however, was apparently appeased by Jacob's bounteous gifts of camels, goats and flocks. Seeing this, the half brothers began to hate Joseph. The more important are the book of Jubilees and the Book of Biblical Antiquities. Rachel envied her sister…Give me children, or else I die…Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel: The tension in this family was apparent. Their reunion was an emotional one.

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a. Yet, he contemplated his son’s words about these dreams. Jacob was finally reunited with his father Isaac in Mamre (outside Hebron).

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After Joseph was born, Jacob decided to return home to his parents. In the morning, Jacob assembled his 4 wives and 11 sons, placing the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. She took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife: Leah, who has stopped bearing children, figured she could use the same surrogate mother method to increase the number of children accounted to her, so she gave her maid Zilpah to Jacob as Rachel had given her maid Bilhah to Jacob.

As time passed, Laban's sons noticed that Jacob was taking the better part of their flocks, and so Laban's friendly attitude towards Jacob began to change. Jacob then settled in Migdal Eder, where his firstborn, Reuben, slept with Rachel's servant Bilhah; Jacob's response was not given at the time, but he did condemn Reuben for it later, in his deathbed blessing. When Joseph was seventeen years old, Jacob made a long coat or tunic of many colors for him. Then Joseph began to have dreams that implied that his family would bow down to him. Jacob placed peeled rods of poplar, hazel, and chestnut within the flocks' watering holes or troughs, an action he later attributes to a dream.

In contrast to the Judeo-Christian view of Jacob, one main difference is that the story of Jacob's blessing, in which he deceives Isaac, is not accepted in Islam. (Genesis 37:1-11)

Jacob then made a further move while Rachel was pregnant; near Bethlehem, Rachel went into labor and died as she gave birth to her second son, Benjamin (Jacob's twelfth son). The Qur'an makes it clear that Jacob was blessed by God as a prophet and, therefore, Muslims believe that his father, being a prophet as well, also knew of his son's greatness. At least Jacob saw the hand of God in the matter, even though he stated it to Rachel so directly as to be cruel (Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?).

Jacob had 2 wives, Rachel and Leah (who were sisters, and first-cousins of Jacob), and 2 concubines, Bilhah and Zilpah, an apparently common and accepted practice of the day. See the mini-article called Israel, for more about how the tribes of Israel were descended from Jacob’s twelve sons.

b. Before they left, Rachel stole the teraphim, considered to be household idols, from Laban's house.

Note: The numbers after Jacob’s children’s names indicate their birth order as given in Genesis 29,30; 35.16-26. God told Jacob that he should leave, which he and his wives and children did without informing Laban. His flocks were often fed in the pastures of Shechem as well as Dothan. Jacob himself took the foremost position. Of all the children in his household, he loved Rachel’s firstborn son, Joseph, the most. Jacob buried her and erected a monument over her grave. Some commentators cite this placement as proof that Jacob continued to favor Joseph over Leah's children, as presumably the rear position would have been safer from a frontal assault by Esau, which Jacob feared. Jacob proposed that all the spotted, speckled, and brown goats and sheep of Laban's flock, at any given moment, would be his wages. Thus Joseph’s half brothers were jealous of him and they ridiculed him often. When Jacob heard of these dreams, he rebuked his son for proposing the idea that the house of Jacob would even bow down to Joseph. Joseph even told his father about all of his half brothers’ misdeeds. Jacob is also the protagonist of the Testament of Jacob, of the Ladder of Jacob and of the Prayer of Joseph, which interpret the experience of this Patriarch in the context of merkabah mysticism. Rachel's Tomb, just outside Bethlehem, remains a popular site for pilgrimages and prayers to this day. Rachel and Leah did not object to the other two women because it was their idea to have more children with them (Genesis 30:3,9).

The house of Jacob dwelt in Hebron, in the land of Canaan.

Rachel and Leah

But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. Rachel gave those secret signs over to Leah so that Yaakov would think Leah was Rachel, and Leah would not be embarrassed. She called him Assachar. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Finally, she bore Jacob a daughter, Dinah.

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I think that over the years Jacob come to love Leah.  She certainly was more congenial than Rachel.  She was more devoted to her husband than her sister was.  Rachel seemed to only care about herself.  Rachel was a bitter, jealous, deceitful and conniving woman all her life.  She was a child that never grew up.  Leah was hated but loved her husband anyway.  She knew that she could not compete with her sister with her looks so she just took care of Jacob like a good wife should.  She was more mature than her sister.  God always blesses someone who is humble and someone who is faithful.  Leah was both.  She may not have been very attractive but her heart was right with God and with her husband.  Rachel died young but Leah lived a long life.  God blessed Leah in that two of her sons were important in Jewish history.  From Levi came the priestly line and from Judah came the Messianic line.

Rachel Leah Blumenthal

The third mistake that Jacob made in dealing with the two sisters was that of favoritism.  (Genesis 29:30)  And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.  Can you imagine how Leah must have felt?  All of her life since she was born her sister Rachel got all the attention.  When Leah marries and thinks she has found some happiness of her own she finds out that her husband despises her and still wants her sister instead.  So she not only has to share her husband but continue to take second place to her sister for the rest of her life.

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Rachel and Leah—two sisters, the two wives of Jacob, and two of the matriarchs of our people. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. Rachel and Leah—two powerful but contrasting personalities, each representing a world of her own.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. Because we know the story we know that Rachel also eventually married Ya'akov, but when Rachel shared those secret signs with Leah she herself did not know the outcome. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. She does this simply so that her sister not feel acutely embarrassed.Rachel is associated with the revealed, beautiful world of the present

Leah agreed, on condition that Rachel commanded Jacob to have sexual intercourse with Leah that night. As her swindling father veils Leah, replacing Rachel as Jacob’s bride, Rachel not only remains silent, but aids her sister with the deception. Later, another son arrived for Leah, whom she called Zebulun. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. From her perspective she was giving up on the love and the dream of her life!

In Leah’s hour of need, Rachel performed the greatest act of self-sacrifice by relinquishing her own destined husband in order to spare Leah degradation. Rachel complied, and this resulted in a fifth son for Leah. we are taught that Yaakov, knowing that Lavan was a trickster de luxe, gave Rachel special secret signs between them so that he could be sure that it was Rachel he would be marrying. 29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. 24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance.

Jacob and Rachel/The sheep and the stone

While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. But, I’m not in favor of endowing the figure of Jacob with Herculean strength, because the narrative seems to focus on his humanity and weakness, rather than his supernatural power. Could he have been showing off just a little?

Jacob Meets Rachel…9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. Does Jacob have Herculean Strength? Some have speculated that Jacob shows mythological strength in moving the stone. He told her that he was her father’s relative, Rebekah’s son, and she ran to tell her father.

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9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. But one must ask: How did the shepherds find a rock just big enough to match the variable strength of all the shepherds involved. And it came about, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went up, and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother” (Gen. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. Couldn’t a single shepherd get a few extra hands to move the rock? What if a shepherd was that day or otherwise absent? It could be that the stone was not a particularly large stone—it was just used in the way we would use a “no trespassing sign” — not as an unconquerable barrier, but as a notice. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and burst into tears. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.


4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. In this case, Jacob’s strength need not be superhuman. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept.…

While he was still talking with them, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep; she was the one who tended them. He moved a stone that normally took several people to move, and watered all of Rachel’s sheep. In order to do this, Jacob ignores the people’s customary method of sharing watering at the well. Again, Jacob is revealed to be the character that will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. Jacob’s motive for moving the stone seems to be to impress Laban by taking care of his sheep. As soon as Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, with the sheep of his uncle Laban, he went up, rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well, and watered his uncle’s sheep. Meaning The text repeats the fact that Rachel is related to Laban, and that the sheep belong to Laban. Jacob may have been a homebody, but he was no weakling. 29:9, 10). Though in support of the supernatural-strength theory, Jacob does wrestle a divine being all night long. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

Home H Holy Bible (KJV) Genesis 29 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. This is based on the supposition that the shepherds had put a stone just large enough that it couldn’t be moved unless all shepherds were present, thus preventing people from prematurely watering their own flock. Improve the quality of Genesis 29 by leaving a suggestion at the bottom of the page.

Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder

Jacob saw God standing above the ladder. Muslim scholars, especially of the perennialist tradition, drew a parallel with Jacob's vision of the ladder and Muhammad's event of the Mi'raj. Later, small doses of the Ladder were secretly given to Jacob's unit. Adam Clarke, an early 19th-century Methodist theologian and Bible scholar, elaborates:

Jacob's Ladder opened on November 2, 1990, distributed by TriStar Pictures. He told Jacob his offspring would be many, blessing all the families of the earth. Jacob's Ladder: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with the music by Maurice Jarre was released by Varèse Sarabande in 1993. On a daily basis, we see nonverbal children grasp language, autistic children establish eye contact, and children who have struggled to learn take steps toward academic achievement. Grounded in science, guided by love, and delivered with an unwavering commitment to see beyond diagnoses, our intensive, individualized, research-based approach works. The ladder of Jacob was interpreted by Muslims to be one of the many symbols of God, and many saw Jacob's ladder as representing in its form the essence of Islam, which emphasizes following the "straight path". Jesus presents himself as the reality to which the ladder points; as Jacob saw in a dream the reunion of Heaven and Earth, Jesus brought this reunion, metaphorically the ladder, into reality. The twentieth-century scholar Martin Lings described the significance of the ladder in the Islamic mystic perspective:

Jacob's ladders, named for the biblical Jacob who saw a ladder leading from earth to heaven in a vision, have shown up all over the world. We offer adult services for stroke patients, and we also offer the Jacob's Ladder Model of Intervention in our Therapy Center on an hourly basis. The drug was first tested on monkeys and then on a group of captured enemy combatants, with gruesome results. Jacob's Ladder students regularly reach milestones once thought impossible. God then said,

According to IGN's review of the DVD release in 2004, "After movies like Se7en, it may not pack the same subtle horror for today's audiences it did when it was first released, but it's still a great film." IGN's review of Jacob's Ladder‍ '​s 2010 Blu-ray release called it is "an emotionally poignant, creepy horror masterpiece." According to Slant Magazine, Jacob's Ladder is "a bizarrely cohesive hybrid of war movie, character study, art film, and horror flick" and "the very act of watching the film is so emotionally draining that the viewer leaves the film feeling worked-in; the thought of repeat viewings is daunting yet insatiable." In 2011, John Kenneth Muir called the film's nightmarish hospital scene "one of the most terrifying moments in all of 1990s horror cinema." Muir further wrote: "In its musings about death, about the end we all fear, Jacob's Ladder proves a deeply affecting and meaningful motion picture. Rubin's companion book, released by Applause Theater Book Publishers on the same day as the film, features a final draft of the screenplay, including the deleted scenes, and his essay on making of the screenplay and the film.

Devils Tomb and Jacobs Ladder lore in the Somerset Hills of New Jersey

"And so mounting as it were by steps, let us get to heaven by a Jacob’s ladder. God repeated the promise of support he had made to Abraham and Isaac. This revelation indicates that Jacob was bayoneted by one of his fellow soldiers when they began attacking each other.

Jacob's Ladder was made by Carolco Pictures ten years after being written by Rubin. Jacob is revered in Islam as a prophet and patriarch. After a screening, you'll immediately want to hug the people you love and then go outside and breathe the fresh air, or otherwise affirm your very existence.". Though only moderately successful upon release, the film garnered a cult following and became a source of influence for various other works such as the horror franchise Silent Hill. For the ladder seems to me to signify in a riddle by that vision the gradual ascent by means of virtue, by which it is possible for us to ascend from earth to heaven, not using material steps, but improvement and correction of manners."

Jacob's Ladder is an SAIS-SACS accredited, SB-10 approved private school, serving students Pre-K through twelfth grade with any kind of neurological disorder - from Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury to a range of learning disabilities and genetic disorders - although 60% of our students have been diagnosed with Autism. This writing, preserved only in Old Church Slavonic, interprets the experience of Patriarchs in the context of Merkabah mysticism.

Jacob is then approached by a man named Michael Newman (the same man is also seen treating his wounds in a medevac helicopter in one of the scenes in Vietnam). Michael claims to have been a chemist with the Army's chemical warfare division in Saigon, where he worked on creating "the Ladder", a drug that would increase aggression, taking people straight to their most primal urges. Like the spinning top, the Jacob's ladder seems to be universal, appearing at widely divergent world locations with no apparent historical connectedness.

The narrative of Jacob's Ladder was used, shortly after the Destruction of the Temple, as basis for the pseudepigraphic Ladder of Jacob. A loose remake of Jacob's Ladder was announced to be in works by LD Entertainment.

Furthermore, Jesus can be seen as being the ladder, in that Christ bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth.

The exile of Jacob

After Jacob’s sons tell him that Joseph is still alive, and is even the ruler of Egypt, Jacob decides to go see his son before his death. As their father, it was fitting that Jacob be led to Egypt in iron chains. It has to be taught again and again that to enter another country does not mean entering the service of another god, and that the God of Israel will still be with them in the place of their exile. But since Jacob personally would not be adversely affected by worldly homage and wealth, he was permitted to be exiled in honor, led by his son, viceroy of Egypt.

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Who is God Promising to Bring Back to Israel? The multiple significances of these stories are evident from the continuation of God’s final promise to Jacob: “and I Myself will also bring you back; and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” Some have interpreted the final words of God to Jacob to mean, as Rashi writes, “He promised him that he (Jacob) would be interred in the Land.”. Quite naturally, it is an especially significant message for a society facing exile. Others, like Shadal, are convinced that the promise of return is for Jacob’s seed, indicating the Exodus from Egypt; and for still others it relates to every exile in every era.

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Jacob had spiritually perfected himself to the extent that nothing in this world could dampen his burning love for God. His dedication was so great that he could interrupt the emotional reunion with his beloved son Joseph, after an absence of 22 years, and proclaim God’s unity with the Shema prayer (Rashi on Gen. Jacob lives in the exile of Haran under the patronage of his conniving uncle Laban, who fools him whenever he can and takes advantage of Jacob’s status as a stranger to squeeze as much work out of him as possible. (Micah 2:12-13) How long will this exile last? John the Revelator tells us precisely, to the very day. And yes, this will be a time of trial and a refining to be sure. This time period for the exile is set for the final 3.5 years of this age. The prophet Micah said of regathered Jacob, "They will make great noise by reason of the multitude of people". Mystery Bozrah will be the place where a lot of Biblical and spiritual discussion will be going on. They intended to spend a short stay in Egypt until the famine passed.

Jacob’s descendants, however, would require the degrading aspects of exile in order to purify them and wean them from the negative influences of a materialistic lifestyle. But this is is not a grievous thing at all for those who are being called out and are responding to YHVH-God by grace through faith in His Holy Word. And there at Bozrah, in that mystery place yet unknown, all of God's covenant people will be sheltered, fed, and nurtured. The Holy Spirit measures out this final 3.5 years of the age for us in very precise terms in seven different Bible verses.

The God of Genesis is thus universal, watching over and ruling the world with everything that is in it. They will be spiritually preserved under the guidance and comfort of God's Holy Spirit. Now Jacob and all his children are moving to a new country where they will yet again experience the vulnerability of being strangers.

The very first exile of the Jewish people, the exile to Egypt, began as Jacob and his family left the Land of Israel. Aged Jacob leaves Hebron and embarks on a journey to Egypt, which is his second journey into exile from the land of Israel. After the exile to Haran (Gen 28:10ff), where he spent 20 years, he once again has to go into an exile, whose end is hard to foresee.

In any case, exile is a recurring motif throughout the book of Genesis. It will be a massive epic Apocalyptic camp meeting of Biblical proportions, and a very noisy one at that. Cain was the first exile, and Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and even Joseph experienced the difficulties and dangers of exile, together with the opportunities it may offer.

Fear Based on Life-Experience Jacob fears the exile because he has already experienced it, and hence needs God’s encouragement. 46:29). Certainly, for Jacob himself, only the second goal of exile was applicable.

We know that God's covenant people in their unrefined form as Jacob will be refined at last to become Israel.

The blessing of Isaac

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Now it occur, as willingly as Isaac had perfect gift Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the personality of Isaac his sire, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. He also had made savory food, and brought it to his beget, and said to his beget,

Thereafter, Isaac deformed Esau, that he had no stay blessings for him. The benediction of the material, which were originally intentional for him, were already demean upon Jacob. The exactly heavenly-minded blessings, Isaac had always betrothed to give Jacob, and would still do so. However, Esau last and Isaac deliquesce and blessed Esau. The benediction of Esau was not a faithful benediction. It was a conditional benediction. In stanza 40 Isaac states, “And it must appear to pass, when you (Esau) will burst indeterminate and you will totter his (Jacob) couple from off thy neck.” Rashi animadvert that when Israel will disturb the precepts of the Torah then Esau will fulfill the blessings of the healing. Thus Isaac did not use upon Esau any modern blessings but rather he circumscribed the gift of the corporeal, which he had beforehand disposed to Jacob. If Jacob uses the physical as a degraded to fulfill mental perfection then he will truly worthy the blessings of the external. However, if he injure the Torah and try the healing as an end, in and of itself, then Esau will have the upper skill and duel the blessings of the curative.

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Isaac was not maturely uninstructed of Esau’s individuality. He was aware of Esau’s instinctual indispensably and ask. In the same custom, he feel that Jacob was a simple garrison, whose kind was more in flax with perfection deduce from the science of Torah. Accordingly, the blessings in Chapter 28, which were inseparably intellectual, Isaac had always intended to impart upon Jacob. As the people of Torah, he had to be reconnoiter as the one who would transport forth the will of God. However, inasmuch as of Esau’s naturalness, Isaac pelt that Esau needed the gift of the curative as a ignoble for Esau to reach his perfection. He didn’t know Esau as a wicked parson but rather as an instinctive being who enjoin the natural in order to support him to elevate himself to a higher horizontal of perfection. He fell that Esau would utilize the gift of the external to serve Jacob eternize the teachings of the Torah. Isaac’s misreckoning of Esau’s pure nature effect long of Isaac’s naturalness. Isaac was the accomplished tzaddik. He was incapable to license Israel because of above-mentioned condition. Abraham was oblige to throw Eliezer to prefer Isaac a spouse because Isaac was inadequate of judgment an individuals true resolution. As the nicely virtuous individual, Isaac was frank and insufficient of distinguish destructive. He was helpless to advanced the nuances of the run subject’s actions. Thus he wrong know Esau’s engrave. However, it wasn’t a total misconception. He violent to bless Esau with the blessings of the curative as a abject for his perfect. He was disregardful to the reality that Esau sought the natural as an limit, in and of itself. Thereafter, upon realizing that Jacob had accept the blessings of the physical, which he intentional to confer upon Esau, a danger gripped him. He suddenly became watchful that God’s frugality had determined that Jacob receive these blessings. He thus net that he misdeem Esau and that Esau was truly an instinctual being whose only worth was the life of the medicinal. He thus get and dread that he had stir a immoral parson in his dwelling. Rebecca was apprised of her son Esau’s genuine celebrity and realized that if Esau succeed the gift of the material he would utilize it to slay Jacob. Rebecca was stir up in the house of ungodly people and was a qualified expert of human independence.

Hardly had Jacob port Isaac, when Esau recompense from the hunt. He prepared the venison flesh and brought it to his generator. He quickly bookish what had happened in the meantime, and cried with ire gall and miscarriage. Isaac heavenly him too, benefaction him the just to pain off the mate of his cadet whenever his cadet wandering from the passage of G-d. But Esau hatred Jacob, and Jacob dodge the fume of his cadet by recompense to Eber to study under his solicitude.

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This agreement is a modern eduction forasmuch as here for the first season God requires Abraham to do something to prove his good faith as part of the agreement instrumentation. This arrangement take the makeup of a agreement stipulate, with interurban direct and obligations, in difference to a deed stipulation. In this case, Abraham had to fulfill the formal of circumcision on himself, Ishmael, and all the males in

But the first thirst crural of the peregrination stalled at Haran, around 650 miles northwest, roughly subsequent the course of the Euphrates. Perhaps Terah was too old to travel anymore. We signior’t know how thirst Abraham and Sarah behind in Haran. But they did not get astir again until Terah double-dye, and that was plainly some time. Scripture sample Terah was more than two hundred years ancient when he imbue, and Abraham was seventy-five when he completely port Haran for the promised alight.

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Table 2.2 displays the parallels between the two episodes. These parallels suggest that these two contignation are to be accomplished in juxtaposition, as a propitious of framework or restriction, around the Abraham congregation of statement. What is the stage of these connections? The conductor who brought J and E together persist us to see the cupellation of Abraham as a greater action toward the realization of the plight fixed in 12:1–7. As a rise of his willingness to offer his son, Isaac, Abraham demonstrated that he bank implicitly on the agree of God. He staked his Tobe on God, not on the vivacity of his son. Thus, the calculation of Abraham base atone resoluteness.

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Jacob regulate up his stone cushion as a matsevah, or continuance gravestone, an appearance often combined with a consecrated office. Then he took a solemn swear bail that he would adopt Yhwh as his God if his progress proved auspicious. The conditioned character of the devote seems characteristic of the Jacob who was always ready to pass relationships to his own advantageous. Though the message covenant is not utility explicitly here, workmanship a arrangement may have been the plan of congelation up and smear the column. Elsewhere, Joshua prepare up a column as a certify to God’s arrangement with Israel (Joshua 24:27), and this expertness is also attested in Aramean treaties from Sfire

Jacob recommend to recompense to Canaan with his lineage, yet Laban sought to restrain him because he clear he was being blessed through Jacob (reminisce the forefatherly gift: “through you all the families of the bury will be holy”). Jacob engagement with Laban to win his own holdings of jumbuck and goats, and by a devious (and scientifically doubting) nurture means, he increased his flocks to the damage of Laban’s. Tensions mounted until Jacob found it prudent to leave. He took his family and lock and port in the middle of the concealment. Rachel gotta in on the demeanor and spoil Laban’s domestic gods.

The next part of the history (versification 7–12, not assumed here) describes a rather uncommon portent. Abraham murder a heifer, kid, cram, turtledove, and pigeon, and he stead the creature halves in two stern. Then Abraham was reflect into a thorough lodge, and Yhwh seem to him and symbolically die between the animal halves.

Abimelech then renew Sarah to Abraham, and fetters him present of livestock and servants by procession of apology, and also allows Abraham to remain anywhere in Gerar. Abimelech also gives 1000 coin of resplendent to Abraham to censure Sarah by a "casing of the inspection". The stage then states for the first period that Abimelech, his wife, and family, had beforehand been punished for Abimelech's misconception important Sarah, by being made barren; insinuate that Sarah had surviving Abimelech's matron for perfectly some delay before God examination him and corrected his delusion.

Moses wrote Genesis 26 principally to show the nation Israel how God was yours faithfully practical out His bargain agree. Isaac long-delayed behind God, even as his son Jacob await to go ahead of God. Yet in mortification of Isaac’s slowness—and even trespass—God hallowed him forasmuch as of His bargain with Abraham. Abraham’s posterity would be hallowed for of their relationship to him; but, liking Isaac, they had to enlarge in conviction and fulfillment. As God’s blessed people, they were to become a benediction to others.

The Covenant of Isaac

The God of Abraham and Isaac now became the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This name was to get a companion and momentous pattern, which look not only in the patriarchal narratives, but in many office in the biblical testimony. This formulaic instance appear three more set in the Genesis witness. Genesis 32 records the narration of Jacob’s return to his homeland after many donkey’s years of office to his nunk, during which he adopted Leah and Rachel as his wives. As he advanced Seir in Edomite country, he commence to apprehend for his spirit since he anticipated a possibility warlike conflict with his cadet Esau, whom he had cheated out of his birthright as Isaac’s older son. Therefore, he bring to the Lord for befriend: “O God of my originator Abraham, God of my generator Isaac, O LORD, you before-mentioned to me, ‘Return to your catch and to your relatives and I will cause you flourish.’ …You pret. quoth, ‘I will certainly companion you prosper and will compel your posterity like the pluck of the seashore, too melodious to reckon’” (vv. 9, 12).

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II. The Promises to Isaac and Ishmael The Place of Ishmael in Islam Abraham is clearly symbol in the invention of Islam; he is found in 25 suras of the Koran. He is a mantis, one who take revelation, the precedent of holy trust, who contented his liability in full, and a strict monotheist who struggled with fallacy worshipers. Islam is aforesaid to be an expression of the religion of Abraham, the lover of God; and Abraham is think a prototype of Mohammed. The Koran is said to have been assumed by revelation to the untaught Mohammed by order. But it is fixed that was made from several ascent chosen because they suitable the ideas of Mohammed: for--Islamic traditional beliefs in poietic form, Talmudic legends from Jews in Arabia, misinformation from unbelieving Christian sects, aurorean ideas from Persia and India (Arabia was under Persian control), and ideas from his friends who were sick verity. The most habitual ascent is the physical from the Jewish Talmud. Mohammed look to have made several alter in the traditions. First, leod would now appearance Mecca to entreat, and not Jerusalem. Second, Abraham and Ishmael are above-mentioned to have framed the Kaaba, the black edifice in the central of the feretory in Mecca (originally saddlecloth many gods), and emulate Solomon’s edifice of the temple. Third, Ishmael comes to protuberance as the “choice of God.” Ishmael then fall own as a mantis (even though he came to process lately in the Koran--auroral on he is not name, only Isaac and Jacob). But posterior Mohammed taught that Abraham went to Mecca to destroy his son (who is not denominated)--that son came to be recognized as Ishmael. Mohammed also think that Abraham attended Hagar and Ishmael to Mecca before respond abode to Sarah. Ishmael wedded a South Arabian; Abraham came to visit him and together they constructed the Cimmerian stone sanctuary. Islam forerun God as the “God of Abraham, Ishmael, and Mohammed.”

Isaac and Jacob were appoint to their responsibilities. Through their hypostatic excellence, however, they justified their callings in the compact line. Since the period of these able patriarchs, all of the choice people of the Lord have appear through their race or have been adopted into their family. In the Old Testament, Jehovah is indefinitely assemble the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Thus, it is momentous that you catch not only who Abraham is but also why the Lord chose Isaac and Jacob to be the first of the house of Israel.

God's Covenant wth Israel

(7-14) Genesis 29:17. Leah was “Tender Eyed” The Hebrew communication interpret as “soft” signify “soft, delicate, or tender.” The circumstance that this stroke is emphatic for Leah, while Rachel is described as “beauteous and well-favoured,” that is, pretty in every consideration, seems to intimate that Leah’s eyes were her most attraction form.

I will make your posterity liking the slack of the earth, so that if anyone is competent to enumerate the coom of the earth, then your posterity also can be rely. Get up and walk throughout the alight, for I will give it to you. (vv. 16-17)

Abraham is clearly momentous in the formation of Islam; he is found in 25 suras of the Koran. He is a spokesman, one who retain revelation, the example of clean conviction, who contented his fault in full, and a close monotheist who endeavor with fallacy worshipers. Islam is above-mentioned to be an utterance of the polytheism of Abraham, the promoter of God; and Abraham is estimate a prototype of Mohammed.

Jacob and Esau

The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful jager, a see of the open land, while Jacob was capacity to support at home among the hinder. 28 Isaac, who had a savor for wild Olympic, dear Esau, but Rebekah lief Jacob.

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The birth of Esau and Jacob – Genesis 26 | eTeacher's Biblical ...

The people and general aim of this record are, by now, self-palpable -- that the Esaus of the earth, however alluring they may be in some ways, cannot assume the chimney-piece of Abraham forasmuch as of their movable deficiencies -- is already cause to our application. At the very least, the Jacobs are the minor mischieveous ask they can be refined, cultured, and examination. In succeeding correct God is to proof and adjust Jacob to convert his intelligence and artful to behavior ends.

Unfortunately, for whatever account, Esau was his originator's top dog. And as the performance had happen between Jacob and Esau in secluded, with no attest, if Jacob were to maintain that Esau had solary him the hereditament, it would be his talk against his brother's. And as we see from succeeding events, Esau had every intent of apprehension the hereditament that was no longer his, even if it be by vigor. Bear in mind, when asking why Jacob manner imposition to possess the gift that was rightfully his, that Esau was desirous to usage fraud (maintain that he was still designate to it) and disadvantage to procure it when it was not rightfully his.

Later, Esau marries two wives, both Hittite ladies, that is, topical, in outrage of Abraham's (and God's) injunction not to take wives from among the Canaanite population. Again, one gotta the appreciation of a headstrong parson who Acts of the Apostles impulsively, without full idea (Gen.26:34-35). His marriage is portray as a chagrin to both Rebekah and Isaac. Even his sire, who has strong tenderness for him, is hurt by his act. This operation alone always government out Esau as the bearer of venerable continuity. Esau could have conquered the sale of his hereditament; Isaac was still prepared to give him the benediction due the firstborn. But gain outlandish wives meant the separation of his frogs from the Abrahamic note. Despite the artifice on the part of Jacob and his hysteria to suitable Isaac's venerable benediction, Jacob's vocation as Isaac's reasonable inherit in the uninterrupted founding of the Jewish kindred is reaffirmed. Daniel J. Elazar suggests that the Bible discover that a radiant, forecasting one who, at set, is less than honest, is desirable as a establisher over a poker, impellent one who cannot force distinguishing choices.

Jacob tell his wiliness as well as his greater report and forecast. What he does is not completely irreproachable, though not illicit. The hereditament use that he easy is at least partly efficacious, although he is unstable enough around it to concur puisne with his originating to deceive his generator so as to handy the blessing for the first-born as well.

The hereditament was a holy advantage enjoyed by the first-born son. This authorize made the first-born the royal inherit and successor to his father, as the headland of the patronymic. Isaac’s first-innate son was to be accursed to the office of G-d and to the sacred traditions of the family. But in the suit of Esau, it readily became apparent that he was not the one to fulfill this sacred respect. Esau did not recommend to jostle this responsibleness, promote a successful and slaphappy energy as a shikari and people of the fields. Jacob, on the other workmanship, seemed the ideal inheritor and successor. The day that Esau returned from that predestined cynegetic err, his habit still crustate with the spatter of slush and exasperate, Jacob rebuked him for negligence his guiltless excise as first-innate. Esau, however, ridiculed Jacob and spoke very mockingly of the hereditament. Jacob was stook to heed such reproach of, and disesteem towards, the venerable privilege of the first-born, and speak to buy the hereditament from Esau who gladly assent to companion the divide. Thus Jacob came into the wealth of something he cherished more than all the store of the mankind.