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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

Jacob needed to marry within his mother's clan (Gen. 28:2). He had contracted to marry Rachel. This promise was a formal betrothal, (29:18-19) probably legally binding, as it was in later times. But ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

The patriarchs were dealt with by God under faith, not legal works or legal commandments. Abraham was justified by faith, without the deeds of the law. Nor was any law required to be given to the ...
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Why did God tell Laban to be careful to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad? (Genesis 31:24)

This quintessentially Hebrew expression, to "speak neither good nor bad" occurs in another story of the rising antipathy between Absolom and Amnon after the latter raped their sister: 2 Sam ...
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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 ...
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How old was Jacob when he first saw Rachel?

Issac gets married at the age of 40.Genesis 25:20 Jacob was born when Issac was 60 years old. Genesis 25:26 Issac dies at 180 years(Genesis 35:28). So Jacob was 120 years old when Issac died. Jacob ...
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What is the etymology of “Israel”

No. Neither Isis nor Ra (two gods of Egypt) is involved in the etymology of the word "Israel." At the time in question in the narrative, Jacob had never been to Egypt; and the word-play is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why did God tell Laban to be careful to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad? (Genesis 31:24)

The reason God told Laban to say "neither good nor bad" to Jacob was that God had promised to protect Jacob: Genesis 28:13 I am with you and will protect you wherever you go, and bring you ...
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Did Esau ever “break Jacob's yoke from his neck”? (Genesis 27:40)

Perhaps it is best to understand this not of the individuals, but of the nations they represent, i.e. Israel and Edom. In that case, we could see 1 Kings ch11 vvv15-16 as the moment when the yoke was ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 &...
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What is a blessing?

The Hebrew word translated "bless" is simply בָרַךְ (barak) and in almost all cases is just a series of well-wishes for a person. Indeed, the LXX translates this word as εὐλογέω (eulogeo) ...
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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 ...
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