Questions tagged [jacob]

Questions about Jacob (later known also as Israel), son of Isaac & grandson of Abraham. Jacob was the brother of Esau and father of the 12 tribes.

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Does this Hebrew verb in Genesis 28:22 indicate frequency?

The verb asar עָשַׂר(to take the tenth of, tithe, Strongs 6237) is used nine times in the OT, seven times in the Piel and two times in the Qal. My question is whether or not the use of this word in ...
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Is there a correlation between Genesis 35:4 and Genesis 35:8? If so, what is the spiritual meaning behind it?

And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. (Genesis 35:4 KJV) But ...
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Why didn't Esau try to kill Jacob?

This is a question about the intention/actions of Esau in Genesis 33. We know Esau wanted to kill Jacob. See How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42? Some ...
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Is Jacob demonstrating a lack of trust in God?

Genesis 32:9-21 Jacob prayed and asked God to remember His promise; but then Jacob sends gifts saying he would win Esau over with the gifts, as we can see in Genesis 32:20 (NLT) (...) Jacob thought, “...
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What is a blessing?

In Genesis 47 (KJV) we read 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And a while after 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before ...
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Reason for using 66 and then 70

In Genesis 46:26 (NASB) All the people belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all, The next verse, Genesis ...
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Isaac blessing Jacob twice

In Genesis 27:23 (NASB) And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. In Genesis 27:25 (NASB) So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will ...
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Did Genesis 36 happen before Genesis 32?

In Genesis 36:6-8 (NASB) 6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of ...
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Oak near Shechem vs Oak of Moreh

In Genesis 35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Is this tree the referenced in ...
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Jacob's household had idols

In Genesis 35:2-3 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Remove the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; 3 and let’s arise and go ...
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Is “journeyed on” meaning a “short trip with intention to come back”?

In Genesis 35:1 (NASB) Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” Then in Genesis 35:...
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Did Jacob have more than one daughter?

I thought Jacob had 13 children, being Benjamin the last one. By Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Essachar, Zebulun and Dinah Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali Zilpah: Gad and ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

In Genesis 33:4 (NKJV): "But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." In Luke 15:20 (NKJV): "But when he was still a great way off, ...
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Jacob's “eleven children”?

In Genesis 32:22 (NASB) Now he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his eleven children, and crossed the shallow place of the Jabbok. By stating "his eleven ...
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Is the blessing of the father included in the birthright?

In Genesis 25:29-34 we read that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Later, in Genesis 27, we see that Jacob has to plot with Rebekah in order to get that blessing. So, it appears as if Jacob was aware ...
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Was Isaac aware that Jacob was fleeing Esau?

It seems only the mother was aware of the threat that Esau had issued Genesis 27:42 NIV 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “...
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

“And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:16‬ ‭ Where is this smooth or sometimes translated slippery חלקת part of the neck? Some ...
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What is the significance of the parallels between Jacob and Moses?

Both have to flee their homes after they do something wrong and have people who want to kill them - see Genesis 27 & Exodus 2 Both then end up at wells in foreign lands, and help women when ...
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Was Jacob's dream an answer to prayer? Genesis 35:3

How can Jacob's claim that God answered him (Gen 35:3) when there is no record of Jacob petitioning or praying to God in Genesis 28? Genesis 35:3 "Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will ...
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Who are the archers in Genesis 49:23?

In Genesis 49 when Jacob blesses his sons it is said of Joseph that the archers bitterly attacked and shot at him Genesis 49:23 NASB “The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed ...
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What does the phrase 'she may bear on my knees' mean in Genesis 30:3?

Genesis 30:3 NASB 3 She said, “Here is my maid Bilhah, go in to her that she may bear on my knees, that [b]through her I too may have children.” What does this phrase mean?
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Did Leah have a physical defect in Genesis 29:17?

Genesis 29:17 NASB 17 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and [e]face. In other translations Leah's eyes are said to be tender Genesis 29:17 KJV 17 Leah was tender eyed; but ...
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Genesis 25:27-34 , was Esau like a famished/hungry whining adolescent/teenager Or was he really Starving, and genuinely needed food?

Genesis 25:27-34 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a [s]peaceful man, [t]living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because [u]he had a taste ...
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How should we view/interpret Jacob's initiative involving the rolling of the stone from the mouth of the well?

Genesis 29:7-9 seems to indicate that the shepherds of Haran had the traditional practice/technique of watering the flock of sheep by waiting until all the sheep flock gather together, and then (...
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Jacob's blessing on Zebulon, how did it come to pass

Jacob blessed his children in Genesis 49, specifically he mentioned Zebulon will have it border at Sidon, a Haven for ships. Genesis 49:13 (ESV) Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall ...
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Why are the verbs in Jacob's vow (Genesis 28:20) translated so differently?

The NKJV and YLT differ so widely that I get a very different understanding of Jacob's vow. NKJV Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

In Genesis 25 we meet Isaac who marries Rebecca.Rebecca conceives and gives birth to twins Esau and Jacob.Isaac is above sixty years of age when the chapter closes. Genesis 25 NASB 20 and Isaac was ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers show Joseph's torn, bloodstained garments to Jacob?

Genesis 37:29-33 NASB 29 Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments. 30 He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers say that they were questioned by Joseph as mentioned in Genesis 43:7?

Genesis 43:7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ When were these questions asked? I ...
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What is the significance that Jacob offered to work for Laban ,seven years for Rachel ?: Genesis 29:18

Genesis 29:18 (NASB) 18 "Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” And why not fewer years?
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Why God fought Jacob?

From reading Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. We see Jacob came crippled from this fight; he was injured at the point of ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

From reading Genesis 27:1-40 we see Rebekah overhearing a conversation between Isaac and Esau and, from there, plotting a theft in order for Jacob to receive the blessing meant for his brother, and ...
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Why does Pharaoh ask Jacob his age?

In Genesis 47, Jacob is presented before Pharaoh: Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, "How old are you?"...
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Why did Jacob and David do nothing when tragedy happened in the family?

The two stories are very disturbing both Jacob (Dinah: Gen 34) and David (Tamar: 2 Sam 13) daughters were violated. In both cases it does not mention that they responded with anything however their ...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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Why did Jacob name Bethel twice?

When Jacob runs away from Esau he goes to his uncle at Padam Aram.On his way he passes through the city of Luz and and has a dream at night of angels ascending and descending,God also gives him ...
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How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42?

Even after learning of his brother's deceit Esau cries out to his father for blessings as well never mentioning any reprisals. We are only told that he planned murder in his heart and there is no ...
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Where did Edom pursue his brother with a sword as recorded in Amos 1:11?

Amos 1:11 NKJV 11 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity;...
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Was Joseph sold to Egypt before the Dinah incident?

Dinah incident Genesis 34:1 KJV 1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of ...
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Who are the sons of Hamor in Genesis 33:19?

Genesis 33:19 New International Version (NIV) 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[a] he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. In the ...
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In Genesis 46:6 what was the cultural significance of Joseph putting his hands on Jacob's eyes?

I am reading through Genesis in the New King James, and I came to this verse: Genesis 46:4 "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand ...
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What does it mean when Jacob declares that Issachar will be used for forced labor?

Before Jacob dies, He says prophetic words about his sons. (I understand that the fact that he condemns Reuben, Simeon and Levi because Reuben slept with one of Jacob's concubine, and Simeon and Levi ...
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Was Jacob so Sexually driven that He mistook Leah for Rachel?

In the biblical scripture reference below, would it be correct to say that Jacob is more driven by sexual urges than the overall need to be married for companionship? The reason I'm asking is because ...
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Is there symbolism in the hebrew meanings of the green poplar, almond and chestnut sticks that Jacob peeled? Gen 30:37

Genesis 30:37 (NKJV) Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. a) The first stick ...
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in Joshua 5 how were they able celebrate Passover immediately after circumcision?

Joshua 4:19 (KJV) 19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. Joshua 5:3 (KJV) 3 And Joshua made him ...
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Why was Reuben described as being “unstable as water” Gen 49:4?

Unstable as water thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch (Gen 49:4) Throughout Jacobs prophecy in Gen 49, he describes his ...
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Could Benjamin have had ten sons within a period of two years as mentioned in Genesis 46:21?

(KJV) Genesis 46:21 21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. Emphasis added Benjamin is called a lad(Gen 43:8)...
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Are these the stolen gods/idols of Laban in Genesis 35:2?

Genesis 35:2,4 NASB 2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; ... 4So they ...
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What happened to the women & children of Shechem who were taken captive by Jacob"s sons in Genesis 34:27-29?

(KJV) Genesis 34:27-29 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that ...
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What was the “one portion” given to Joseph above his brothers in Genesis 48:21-22?

(KJV) Genesis 48:21 21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion ...