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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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Why did Jacob say that seeing Esau's face was like seeing the face of God?

From Genesis 33:8-12 (NIV): Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” "To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said. But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my ...
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Did Esau ever “break Jacob's yoke from his neck”? (Genesis 27:40)

Scripture says in Genesis 27:40 NKJV that Isaac said to Esau, 40 By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall ...
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What is the etymology of “Israel”

Is “Israel” a three word hybrid of “Isis”, “Ra”, and “El”? If so, is Isis a representation of chaos and destruction and Ra representation of order and construction? In this case, does the name ...
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Why did Jacob want to not be buried in Egypt?

In Genesis, Jacob (or Israel) asked Joseph to not bury him in Egypt. Genesis 47:29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found ...
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Why did the Egyptians mourn Jacob for 70 days? (Genesis 50:3)

This chapter brought up many questions for me. It reads in Genesis 50:3 NKJV, after Jacob breathed his last.: 3 Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those who are ...
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Why did Jacob claim Joseph's two sons? (Genesis 48:5)

We read in Genesis 48:5 NKJV 5 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine....
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Why did Jacob bow 7 times to Esau? (Genesis 33:3-4)

I know that in the Bible the number seven tends to have special meaning. Genesis 33:3 NKJV says: 3 Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to ...
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Why does Laban tell Jacob not to take any wives but his daughters? (Genesis 31:50)

Laban says in Genesis 31:50 NKJV 50 If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us—see, God is witness between you and me! If I were to read ...
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Why did God tell Laban to be careful to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad? (Genesis 31:24)

Jacob fled from Laban. Laban then pursues Jacob; however, God speaks to Laban in a dream. We read in Genesis 31:24 NKJV 24 But God had come to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, “...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

In Genesis 29 NJKV we see Jacob working to get Rachel as a wife: 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” Jacob ends up being deceived ...
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Why did Jacob weep after he kissed Rachel?

it says in Genesis 29:9-12 NKJV 9 Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter ...
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Does the Hebrew name 'Jacob' (יַעֲקֹב) mean 'God supplants'?

In the New American Standard, Genesis 25: 26 reads And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when ...
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Why does the Bible not speak of the death of Rebecca?

In the bible we can read the death of many important people. Why is Rebecca’s death not mentioned? What can be the actual reason?
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Judah's sons Er & Onan were killed by God for their sins, and yet, greater sins were maybe made by Judah's brothers Simeon & Levi, for NO punishment?

InGenesis 38:7-10 we are told of the deaths of Er and Onan but with little accounting. In Genesis Ch 34 however we have the whole accounting of Simeon and Levi's despicable actions, which were acted ...
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Why is Bilhah referred to as Jacob's wife in one passage and his concubine in another? can the hebrew be tranlsated it as woman and not wife

Why is Bilhah referred to as Jacob's wife in one passage and his concubine in another? can the hebrew be tranlsated as woman and not wife? Genesis 30:4 (NIV) So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a ...
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Is there a difference here between Jacob and Israel?

Contained in Micah 3:8 seems to be a pretty good description of what a prophet does: But yet I am filled with the strength of the spirit of the Lord, with judgment, and power: to declare unto Jacob ...
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When and for How Long was Israel Enslaved by the Egyptians?

This post is somewhat related to Do We Know with Reasonable Certainty Where Goshen was Located? According to (D-R) Exod. 12:40, And the abode of the children of Israel that they made in Egypt, was ...
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On Why Joseph Specifically Chose Simeon to be the Hostage in Gen. 42?

As a follow-up to When Did Israel First Expect Deliverance from Egypt?, I would like to add: In Gen 42:25, we read (regarding Joseph)--- And taking Simeon, and binding him in their presence, he ...
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Did Leah agree with Laban's plan to deceive Jacob in Genesis 29?

Genesis 29:21-25 NIV Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my [d]time is completed, that I may have relations with her.” 22 So Laban gathered all the people of the place and held a feast. ...
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Why did Jacob bless Joseph and his sons more strongly than he blessed Judah (or did he)? Gen. 49

Reading Gen. 49, two passages stand out: Jacob's blessing/prophecy over Judah and his equally long blessing/prophecy over Joseph. It strikes me that the blessing over Joseph is the stronger of the two....
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Why does Jacob choose anointing as a method of consecrating the pillar at Bethel (Gen 28:18, Gen 31:12)?

The first mention of the concept of anointing is found in Genesis 31:13, refering back to the action Jacob took in 28:18: I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me... -...
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How is it possible Jacob didn’t see Leah’s face or hear her voice?

How could Jacob not tell/ see the face of who he was sleeping with? That it was Leah and not Rachel. 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23 But in the evening ...
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Was Jacob originally intended to marry only Rachel? (Gen. 28-29)

The Bible's seeming endorsement of polygamy in the OTA bothers many of us. I'd like to look into this issue in the lives of Esau and Jacob. By way of introduction, I note that Isaac married only ...
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How many stones was Jacob's pillow made of?

The KJV Version says in Genesis 28:11 "and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep." Jacob sleeps and and dreams. When he wakes ...
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Who is "your first father" in Isaiah 43:27?

Your first father sinned, And your mediators have transgressed against Me. Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary; I will give Jacob to the curse, And Israel to reproaches. (Isaiah 43:...
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Do prophets sin? Genesis 27, Numbers 20, Jonah [closed]

Jacob Jacob is a prophet in both Christian and Jewish traditions. Among his prophetic activities were his dream of the ladder in Gen. 28:13 and the blessings he gave to his sons on his deathbed in Gen....
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How and why does Jacob describe God as he does in Genesis 48:15-16?

In Genesis 48:15-16, when Jacob prepares to bless Joseph (by blessing Joseph's sons, even as his hands are on their heads), the dying patriarch begins by describing God in a fascinating and edifying ...
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How long did Jacob stay in Harran?

How long did Jacob stay in Harran? The answer seemed to be in Genesis 31:38-41 (NIV) 38 “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams ...
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Why did God tell Isaac not to go to Egypt in Genesis 26?

During a severe famine Isaac decides to migrate to Egypt God discourages him about that KJV Genesis 26 : 1 - 2 And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of ...
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Why didn't Dinah's name carry any attachment or prophetic meaning in Genesis 30:21?

When Leah gave birth to her sons all their names carried an attachment or prophetic meaning KJV Genesis 29 : 33 - 34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard ...
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Why did Jacob not immediately rebuke Reuben in Genesis 35:22?

KJV Genesis 35 : 22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: Having ...
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Who are the two families mentioned in Jeremiah 33:24?

Initial the text had spoken of the release from captivity of the two houses of Judah and Israel KJV Jeremiah 33 : 7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and ...
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Why did Abraham insist that Isaac marry from his kinfolk in Genesis 24?

Genesis 24:37 NASB My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to ...
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Did Laban change his mind about giving Rachel to Jacob before he had completed the seven years in Genesis 29:30?

Initial Laban's plan was that Jacob must first serve seven years before he received his wife Genesis 29:19 NASB Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay ...
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Why does the YLT not mention 'sister' in Leviticus 18:18?

And a woman unto another thou dost not take, to be an adversary, to uncover her nakedness beside her, in her life. [Leviticus 18:18 YLT] Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to ...
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Are the shepherds being curt in Genesis 29?

Genesis 29:4-8 (NIV) 4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied. 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?” “Yes, we know him,” ...
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Why did Jacob prefer Joseph and give him a "coat of many colors" (Genesis 37)?

As the KJV has it (though others dispute the translation particularly of כְּתֹ֥נֶת פַּסִּֽים, "coat of many colors"; see this question), Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, ...
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

Jacob was promised the land of Canaan for a possession; yet his brother Esau came into his own kingdom long before, according to Genesis 36 and Deuteronomy 2, despite the word given to Rebekah, "...
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Why did Esau move out of Canaan (Genesis 36:6-8)?

Esau had been murderously enraged at Jacob (Genesis 27:41-42) and, upon learning on his brother's return to Canaan, rushed to meet him with 400 men (32:6, 33:1), a move that could have been aggressive ...
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How and why does the Lord appear again to Jacob in Beth-el (Gen 35:9-13)?

In what form does the Lord appear to Jacob at Beth-el (Gen 35:9-13)? Was it similar to the form in which he appeared in Gen 32 (assuming the wrestler was, indeed, God)? Regardless, why does he appear ...
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Why was “the terror of God...upon the cities that were round about” Jacob's traveling family (Genesis 35:5)?

In order to perform a sacrifice, the Jacob and clan had to depart Shechem and travel to Beth-el. We read: "And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them,...
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For what purpose did Jacob prepare his entire family to sacrifice at Beth-el, and in the way he did (Genesis 35:2-4)?

In Genesis 35:2-4, we read (KJV): Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us ...
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Why did the Lord command Jacob to go to Bethel (Genesis 35:1), and why to "dwell" there?

What exactly is going on in this verse in which God commands Jacob as follows (Genesis 35:1)? Why is God making this command: why Beth-el, and why just at that moment in the story? Arise, go up to ...
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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying? [closed]

Abram deceived Pharaoh and Abimelech about Sarai’s identity (claiming she was his sister: Gen 12 and 20). Isaac deceived the second Abimelech about Rebekah’s identity (Gen 26). Rebekah and Jacob ...
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Why do the sons of Jacob "deceitfully" agree to intermarry with the Hivites after circumcision (Genesis 34:13-17)?

The Israelites could have simply refused the Hivites' suggestion that the tribes be combined, demanded Dinah back, and made other plans to exact justice from the Hivite prince, Shechem. Why did they ...
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Why does Jacob defer to his sons in the incidents at Shechem (Genesis 34:5, etc.)?

When one thinks of the idea of a "patriarch," one thinks of a sort of family absolute monarch, whose wives and children all obey. Jacob does not act that way in the interaction with the ...
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How did Jacob rename Luz to Bethel, when it is "bethel" in Genesis 12?

Been reading through Genesis, and I am assuming it is something simple that I'm missing... Genesis 28:19 says, "He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at first.&...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

I've been reading the stories about the births of twins in Genesis. Firstly about Isaacs sons Jakob and Esau (Gen 25) and secondly about Judahs sons Perez and Zerah (Gen 38). The stories share many ...
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Why in the Genesis, it's strongly said that Jacob and Rachel were Cousins?

We read from the Torah, Bereishit 29:10: וַיְהִ֡י כַּֽאֲשֶׁר֩ רָאָ֨ה יַֽעֲקֹ֜ב אֶת־רָחֵ֗ל בַּת־לָבָן֙ אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֔וֹ וְאֶת־צֹ֥אן לָבָ֖ן אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֑וֹ וַיִּגַּ֣שׁ יַֽעֲקֹ֗ב וַיָּ֤גֶל אֶת־הָאֶ֨בֶן֙ ...
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What is the significance of the "garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist" worn by both Elijah and John the Baptist

It is accepted in the NT that the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist are prophetically connected. (Mark 9:11 Matt 17:10) I have noted that both are described as wearing the same very specific outfit. ...
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