Genesis 49

Genesis 49 Jacob, on his deathbed, gathered his 12 sons together to “bless” them.  I use quotes here, because some of the blessings didn’t seem like something you would want put upon you. Now, remember, these are the sons who wanted to kill one of their brothers and lie to their father about it, so maybe …

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Genesis 42

Genesis 42 Here it comes.  The whole build-up was for this. Back down on the farm, the famine was starting to hurt Jacob’s household. He sent 10 of the brothers to Egypt to buy grain, but kept the youngest, Benjamin, who was Joseph’s brother (I assume by the same mother, since they are all brothers by …

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Genesis 34

Genesis 34 The son (Shechem) of a ruler (Hamor) where Jacob and his people were rapes Jacob’s daughter (Dinah) from Leah, then decides he wants her as his wife. Shechen sends his father out to Jacob to make it happen. Jacob didn’t want to tell his sons, but they found out anyway. Hamor says they will …

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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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