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Names were considered to be meaningful in some way. For example, the younger of Isaac's twin sons with Rebekah was named Jacob ("supplanter") because when he was born he was holding on to Esau's heel, as if attempting to overtake him. (Genesis 25: 24-26) After Jacob's wrestle with the angel, when he demanded a blessing from the Lord, the angel pronounced ...


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There are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings - cherubim and seraphim: “The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be” (Exodus 25:20). “And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard ...


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Esau despised his birthright. In order to understand this, first we need to understand what it means in this context to "despise" and also what the birthright was. What was a birthright? An abundance of sources will tell you that in the Ancient Near East context, the birthright goes to the eldest son. All sons receive a "portion" of the inheritance of ...


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It is possible that the genetic engineering techniques practiced were part useless and part real. The attempt to imprint color on the hide of sheep by seeing stripes during intercourse is folklore. However, by coincidence/destiny the majority of sheep who underwent this silly attempt may have had recessive genes that produced color in subsequent generations ...


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Genesis 28:18 (NLT) The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. Olive oil was very important in ancient Israel. It was used for not only as food and for cooking, but also for lighting, sacrificial offerings, ointment, and ...


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Honestly, there are a lot of questions there and rather than skip around I'm going to give one really long background on the birthright and blessing. Just be glad I'm not also giving a treatment to the meaning of firstborn. There is a TL;DR Conclusion at the end, where I will revisit each specific question. But first there is a lot of groundwork to lay. ...


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Atheists routinely ridicule the Bible on this one. But nowhere does the Bible say that putting striped sticks in the water physically caused the animals to have striped and spotted off-spring. In many miracles in the Bible, God required people to go through some token action. Moses was instructed to hold his staff over the Red Sea before God parted the ...


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All these answers are fascinating and on-topic, but have all seemed to miss a salient point: 'Jacob' did die that day - the man who walked away from that place was named Israel. (cf. Genesis 32:28 ESV) Another answer has referenced: No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. - John 1:18 ESV (cf. also 1 ...


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I agree with Mason, in the OT (Old Testament) names are given almost as an adjective about that person or the circumstances of their birth (Read Gen 30:1-24) A change in name is a change in God's description of you. This usually means God changing your circumstance or some part of your life to fulfill His ultimate plan for you. In the case of Israel; if ...


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Jacob to Israel The name Israel (Yisra'el) is commonly translated as "Wrestled with God", but it can also mean "Champion (or Prince) of God", "Striver with (or against) God", "Ruler (or Prince) over God", "God Prevails", "God Rules", "God will Rule", or possibly "God Who Will Rule&...


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There are a couple of possible ways to reconcile this, both within the established Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies used by Apologists. Copyist errors. The first comes by clarifying what "inerrancy" means, to debunk a straw-man argument that such a discrepancy in our current Bible is an issue in the first place. For an in-depth dive ...


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I think you may be adding unnecessary implications to the text. Genesis 28:5 ESV Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. Jacob was sent to live at Laban's house for a while. Clearly he was rushed because of Esau, but there's no indication that he ...


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The word "Israel" is not found in Numbers 24:9 in the Masoretic Text (Hebrew), the Septuagint (Greek), or the Vulgate (Latin), which is why most translations do not include it in this verse. But, as you noted, the beginning of the chapter makes it clear that the prophecy/message is about the people of Israel. Jacob is another name for Israel, and both ...


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I don't have a high enough rep to comment, but I'd like to back up @Heath Hunnicutt's answer. In some cultures it was common to not differentiate between messengers and those they spoke for, especially in retrospect, as they were considered "the voice of" their masters. As most western cultures don't take this initiative, it can be confusing. A ...


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I try to answer with my Scripture reading. May this answer help The answer for number one: First we have to know that Jacob seems knew that he was not good at all. We can see in the previous chapters before, Jacob get everything by tricking. Tricking his brother (Esau) and tricking his uncle (Laban). For the reason why GOD Choose to wrestle with Jacob,This ...


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The maps of the tribes of Israel contain a lot of guesswork. The tribe of Asher is one of them. No one is even sure whether Asher had a continuous territory.


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I am six months late answering this, but this same question, particularly, the "elaborate ruse", have been nagging me a long time; and this was the reason for me googling the topic, again, and this time stumbling to this site. For if I imagined myself in Joseph's shoes, it seems only natural and human to declare who you are to your brothers the moment you ...


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I believe it is important to note, when looking at the records of the generations of Shem (son of Noah) who was born before the mention of 120 years, (maximum human life span). Shem lived for 600 years. Thereafter, the lifespan of his descendants declined, throughout the generations. Maybe what God was saying was that, the lifespan of a human would gradually ...


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From looking at the situation that Jacob was currently in gives me a better understanding of it. Jacob had an issue with running away from his mistakes instead of confronting them head on, his mom taught him that by the way. This ultimately took a toll on Jacob's life. God decided it was time for Jacob to become a man. He actually starts forcing Jacob to ...


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There is the line of the shifting of the birthright in Bible. In Genesis alone, there are at least four cases of the shifting of the birthright: from Esau to Jacob (25:22-26, 29-34); from Zarah to Pharez (38:27-30); from Reuben to Joseph (49:3-4; 1 Chron. 5:1); and from Manasseh to Ephraim (48:12-20). Furthermore, in the New Testament the birthright is ...


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In his monograph entitled The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Dr. Richard D. Patterson observes that in the pivotal event in Israel's history when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah invoked the formulaic or motivic words you have drawn our attention to: “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that ...


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It's important to keep in mind that the stories about the patriarchs are both stories about individuals and "national origin" stories giving an identity to the whole nation of Israel. So in the case of Jacob (also known as Israel), the promises get borne out (a) in his great success as a herdsman for his uncle Laban, accumulating a huge amount of personal ...


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You're right, we're never given Benjamin's age so we can't link him to his brothers that way. We can, however, follow the chronology and the geography to know within about a year how long Jacob and Rachel were married. This isn't such a straightforward task, though, since the chronology of Genesis is confusing. At one point a decade passes between 2 ...


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Notice that Matthew 1:2 also says "and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren". Judas is the ancestor of the nation of Judah, whose citizens are called "Judeans" or "Jews" for short. It happens that one of Jesus's disciples was also called Judas. But despite that, there is no confusion about these two very different Judas's being the same person. And even ...


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One approach to this passage is to look at it generally literally, as Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown do. Regarding verse 28, they emphasize the fruitfulness of Canaan: To an Oriental mind, this phraseology implied the highest flow of prosperity. The copious fall of dew is indispensable to the fruitfulness of lands, which would be otherwise arid and sterile ...


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The composition of the rods as translated in the Septuagint includes the common walnut. The walnut tree is the only tree so far known to produce progesterone (Pauli et al Occurrence of progesterone and related animal steroids in two higher plants). progesterone is widely used in agriculture to induce the oestrus cycle and organise the matings of animals. It ...


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I think all of your points are at play, except possibly he was not seeking to punish them, but to sift their motives bringing them into desperate sates in order to fully recognize their past sins and God's mercy in sparing them. Imagine a more ordinary story and you can see how natural Joseph's actions are. Imagine your Father was a cop and his father cops. ...


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