Hot answers tagged

11 votes
Accepted

Why does Jacob say "because I saw God face to face"? (Gen 32:30)

Because Jacob encountered God (YHWH) that Night The Meaning of Face to Face The phrase "face to face" in the Hebrew (פָּנִ֣ים אֶל־פָּנִ֔ים) uses the plural form of the word פָּנֶה (paneh; "face").1 ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
11 votes

Was Jacob so Sexually driven that He mistook Leah for Rachel?

There are a lot of implicit, but no explicit reasons why Jacob didn't recognize Leah. Some possibilities: 1.) The feast Laban prepared Throughout history, many men have been known to get themselves ...
user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

Did Jacob mislead his brother Esau in Genesis 33:14?

Yes, Jacob does mislead his brother. After their dramatic reconciliation in Genesis 33, Jacob resists Esau's invitation to join him in the south (Seir) by: reassuring Esau that he'll follow at a ...
user avatar
  • 24.5k
8 votes
Accepted

James and Jacob are translated as the same name. What were the criteria followed for name translations?

Jacob Jacob is a transliteration of the Hebrew יַעֲקֹב (formal transliteration: yaʿăqob). This labels only one person in the Hebrew Bible: the patriarch also known as Israel, the eponymous ancestor of ...
user avatar
  • 25.7k
8 votes
Accepted

Why are the verbs in Jacob's vow (Genesis 28:20) translated so differently?

The verbs וּשְׁמָרַנִי (ushmarani) and וְנָתַן (venatan) have the appearance of verbs conjugated in the perfect aspect and would therefore be translated into English in the past tense, i.e., “and he ...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

Why did Joseph's brothers say that they were questioned by Joseph as mentioned in Genesis 43:7?

The question is predicated on the implicit assumption that Gen 42:8-16 is a complete record of the conversation between Joseph and the 10 brothers. The above assumption is clearly untrue for two ...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
6 votes

Is Jacob demonstrating a lack of trust in God?

There is a lot more going on here than is implied in the OP's question. But first a simple principle of divine providence and grace. PRINCIPLE In John 11, when Jesus raised Lazarus (one of the ...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
5 votes

The God of Bethel?

No, Vawter is not correct. The Hebrew does likely have two absolute Hebrew word forms next to one another in the construction of הָאֵל֙ בֵּֽית־אֵ֔ל ("the God Bethel"), which can mean an appositional ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
5 votes

Why does Pharaoh ask Jacob his age?

I don't know what Pharaoh's motivation was for asking, but the information is necessary to piece together the chronology of the Bible Timeline. First, it tells us how many years from the Promise ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

The matter began before what you are describing. When the twins were in her womb, before birth, they struggled together. Rebekah enquired of the Lord, why was it so ? The answer was 'The elder shall ...
user avatar
  • 26.2k
5 votes
Accepted

Who are the archers in Genesis 49:23?

Jacob's blessing on Joseph is full of symbolism. Joseph himself is likened to a fruitful bough of a tree by a spring. The mention of the archers who bitterly attack him and harass him is a figure of ...
user avatar
  • 7,873
5 votes
Accepted

Reason for using 66 and then 70

The difference is rather simple - the total family of Jacob was 70 people. Joseph had two children + Jacob himself were obviously four people. Therefore, we have: (a) 66 people other than Joseph's ...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
4 votes

How would Jacob have offered a tithe?

It seems likely that Jacob would have given the tithe to God as a burnt offering. In the modern world, we are accustomed to thinking of tithes in terms of currency, but in the ancient Near East, the ...
user avatar
  • 35.4k
4 votes

Why delay a blessing by asking for food?

"So that..." Isaac is putting a condition of receiving a meal before he will give the blessing. What isn't so clear from the text is his reasons why. However, there does appear to be some ceremony ...
user avatar
4 votes

To Jacob a Son or a Son to Jacob in Genesis 30

I think it has to do with narrative continuity between verses. The basic idea is that on first mention of the birth of a new character, the prepositional phrase "to Jacob" is elevated to the position ...
user avatar
  • 25.7k
4 votes
Accepted

The God of Bethel?

The Secularization (and Yahwist Rebranding) of the House of El The purpose of translation is to render into English the intended meaning of the biblical writers. While the ancient etymology of ...
user avatar
  • 2,473
4 votes
Accepted

What was the "one portion" given to Joseph above his brothers in Genesis 48:21-22?

Robert Young writes in his concordance entry for 'Amorite' : Judah, because of her sins, is represented as having an Amorite for a father, a Hittite for a mother, and Samaria and Sodom for sisters. ...
user avatar
  • 26.2k
4 votes

The God of Bethel?

So the question is "Vawter correct?" is perhaps difficult because all I do not have his book and can neither verify Geir's attribution to him, nor determine what context it is in. But as I see it this ...
user avatar
  • 263
4 votes

Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

Why Rebekah wants Jacob to get Esau’s blessing? Let us firstly look at what Scriptures say about the subject. Esau could not have held his birthright in high esteem, for he traded it for a bowl of ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

What does the phrase 'she may bear on my knees' mean in Genesis 30:3?

To "bear upon the knees" is a very Hebrew piece of idiom surrounding the birthing custom of the time. When a child was born, it was placed, usually on the knees (in modern terms we say &...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
4 votes
Accepted

Why didn't Esau try to kill Jacob?

That Esau held murderous, revengeful intentions is stated explicitly: Gen 27:41 - Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. And Esau said in his heart, “The ...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
4 votes

Was Benjamin born before or after Joseph was sold into slavery?

Let us review the material from the previous question as per the appendix below. We are not told exactly when Benjamin was born but there is a window of a few years to choose. We know that Joseph was ...
user avatar
  • 69.8k
4 votes

Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying?

Each lie in the list above misrepresents the identity of persons. Before we righteously conclude that deceptive identity was a family trait, we might want to ask ourselves to what extent there were ...
user avatar
3 votes

Is Jacob depicted as "a quiet man" in Genesis 25:27?

The Hebrew word תָּם (tām) occurs 13 times in the Hebrew Bible, and appears to suggest peaceableness and originality related to direct and personal relationship to the LORD, since each of the 13 ...
user avatar
  • 16.1k
3 votes

Whom does Rebekah fear to lose? (Gen 27:45)

Rebekah wasn't speaking of Esau and Jacob regarding any justice others may be suggesting. Instead, Rebekah worried about the death of her old husband Isaac, and right after that her son Jacob, ...
user avatar
  • 3,443
3 votes

How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?

The Idea in Brief The passage is to be understood in its plain and normal sense. That is, the handmaiden of Rachel was Bilhah, who had borne sons to Jacob on behalf of Rachel. She was thus the ...
user avatar
  • 16.1k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible