Exodus 5

Exodus 5 Summary Moses and Aaron meet with the Pharaoh to ask that the Hebrews be allowed to have a festival to worship. The Pharaoh refuses, saying that he doesn’t obey the Hebrew god and that they should get back to work. The Pharaoh then orders that the Hebrew slaves need to work harder by getting the …

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Genesis 29

Genesis 29 These 3 scenes are all a little troublesome. The 1st and the 3rd don’t really show Jacob in a favorable light, and the second doesn’t show his future father-in-law (uncle) as an honest man, either. I’m having a lot of trouble sympathizing with many of the characters in these stories. First, Jacob seems to be telling …

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Genesis 28

Genesis 28 Here we have Isaac blessing Jacob again. I guess he’s not mad about being lied to. He wants Jacob to find non-Canaanite women to marry, specifically a first cousin on his mother’s side, which is genetically bad, but I guess they didn’t know that back then. During Jacob’s journey he has a dream that …

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Genesis 27

Genesis 27 Sibling rivalry. Jacob tricks old, blind Isaac (at his mother’s insistence) into giving him a blessing meant for Esau. Rebekah takes advantage of her husband’s bad eyesight by dressing Jacob in Esau’s clothes and putting hairy skins on him. The upshot is that Jacob gives Isaac food and Isaac blesses him a whole lot. Esau us upset about …

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Genesis 20

Genesis 20 Abraham and Sarah move to Gerar. Abraham starts passing Sarah off as his sister… AGAIN? Anyone remember Gen 12? Here is the SIR post for that one. Being his “sister”, the king, Abimelek, takes her. Didn’t Abraham learn the first time?  What the heck did he think was going to happen this time? Maybe he …

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