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

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How is God's encounter with Jacob in Genesis 32 addressed within the framework of monergism vs. synergism?

Genesis 32:27-28 27 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and ...
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Do We Know with Reasonable Certainty Where Goshen was Located?

It is my understanding that after Joseph presented Jacob to Pharaoh, the king gave the Hebrews (Jacob and the rest of his party) some very fertile land (Goshen) in which to dwell by themselves. It ...
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Why is it common to refer to Jacob as Jacob, rather than calling him Israel?

There are several examples in the Bible where faithful people were given a new name: Abram became Abraham (Genesis 17:5) Sarai became Sarah (Genesis 17:15) Jacob became Israel (Genesis 32:28; 35:10) ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain Mark 12:27, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."?

Mark 12:26-27 (also see Matthew 22:32, Luke 20:38) is "But concerning the dead rising, have you not read about the burning bush in the Book of Moses, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharaoh that Joseph brought his family to meet?

Jacob and his house of 70 Jacob in Egypt, Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, Jacob brought 70 people to an Egyptian pharaoh. Israel and his entire house of 70, gathered up with all their livestock and ...
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What is the biblical basis for thinking God established the principle of birthright and inheritance

What is the biblical basis for thinking God established the principle of birthright and inheritance and that He has sovereign control over who He elects Was God himself the author of this teaching or ...
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Who is being referred to in [Numbers 24:9]?

Some translations say [Israel], while majority of the others say [you]. [New International Version] Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless ...
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

For various reasons, I've always wondered how long Jacob and Rachel were married before her death. Rachel's death (shortly after giving birth to Benjamin) is record in Genesis 35:16-18. As a result ...
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How many Jacobs do we have in the Bible? Are there only two (2) Jacobs in the Bible?

This is because in Matt. 1:2 the bible said; And Isaac begat Jacob. Then same Matt. 1 verse 15 said; and Matthan begat Jacob. Now, both Jacobs begotten by different parents also begat Josephs. Does ...
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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

I was just reading about Jacob's Dream at Bethel and I had a question: Why would angels be ascending and descending a stairway (or a ladder, in other versions of the Christian Bible) from Earth to ...
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Scriptural/theological reasoning for renaming: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [closed]

I understand the significance of God's renaming. But I wonder if anyone has done any research as to why the writers of scripture (and consequently, Jews and Christians today) refer to AbraHAM (...
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How did Stephen know that Abraham bought a tomb in Shechem? [duplicate]

My question is somewhat related to the post, Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron? However, in that post, the question revolved around whether the Patriarchs were buried in Hebron or Shechem. ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

In Genesis 27, when elderly Isaac thought he was blessing his son Esau, but he was actually blessing his son Jacob through the deceit of Jacob's mother, he said to Jacob: See, the smell of my son ...
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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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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...
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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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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

I read long ago in the Open Bible as a note, that birth rights were actually a physical carved token that Jacob tricked Esau out of, I guess a registered icon with the powers that be. Is this true? It'...
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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 any ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy 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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Why did Jacob insist that Joseph's sons were his?

In Genesis, Before Jacob dies, he has a conversation with his son, Joseph. Genesis 48:1-6 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along ...
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Why did God wrestle with Jacob and why did this appearance not become a "big deal"?

During a recent small group meeting recently, several questions about the life of Jacob came up: If God had already chosen Jacob to be blessed, why did God still chose to wrestle with Jacob? So that ...
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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.” Now, ...
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

Is this a contradiction? Or am I missing something. It seems strange to think one can "wrestle" with God. Genesis 32:30 (NIV): 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God ...
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Why did God wrestle with Jacob? [closed]

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 ...
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