Son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham, father of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Book of Genesis

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Was Jacob a mere passive player during the events of Genesis 29 and 30? [migrated]

Forgive the crassness of this question but as a male, I can only imagine what was going on in Jacob's family during the events of Genesis 29 and 30. It seems as if the women are dictating what goes ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...
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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story about Esau selling his birthright because he is hungry and despised it. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. Do you have ...
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Genesis 30: 25-43 defying genetics

Genesis 30: 25-43 is the story about Jacob's flock increasing by making streaks on Laban's goats using wood branches, so that "they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were ...
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Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel?

I am reading the book of Genesis, and I have noticed that God changes certain people's names, such as Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. Why does he change their names? What does it symbolize? ...
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Why isn't Zebulon near Sidon but Asher?

In Genesis 49:13 is written: "Zebulon shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon. But if I take a look on the maps, which are ...
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?

Genesis chapter 42 - 45 recount story of Joseph tricking his brothers who are in Egypt to buy grain, into going back and forth several times from Canaan to Egypt in an attempt exonerate themselves in ...
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What was the Birthright?

What, specifically, did Esau lose when he lost the birthright, and what did Jacob gain? What did the birthright represent, and why was it so highly prized by Jacob?
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Does the 'Sons of Jacob' refer to only Jews, or also Christians and Muslims?

There is a song by Damian Marley that refers to "The sleeping sons of Jacob". I looked up 'Sons of Jacob' on Wikipedia and now understand them to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, but I have only ...
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Jacob and Esau: what is this story all about? [closed]

This is how I see the story of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25 and 26): They are two very different twins who seem to fight a lot. Esau goes hunting and he is starving when he gets back. He asks Jacob for ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

At the time of Noah, God said: Genesis 6:3 NIV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” ...
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Why did God wrestle with Jacob?

Sorry for asking a question kid in my Catechism class asked, but I didn't know the answer and she is an expert level 7th grader. Why did God wrestle with Jacob if they're both good? Was God ...