Genesis

Esau’s descendants and the rulers of Edom – the genealogy of the Edomites (Genesis 36:1 – 36:43)

When Esau and his brother Jacob found scarce opportunities in their region, Esau took everything he acquired in Canaan and moved to Seir. These are the tribal chiefs among Esau’s descendants (along with relevant notes from other references in the Bible). Esau and Adah (daughter of Elon the Hittite) Eliphaz…
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Rachel and Isaac die, leaving Jacob to carry out God’s plan for mankind (Genesis 35:16-29)

Jacob and his family moved from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath (ancient Jerusalem), Rachel went into labor. She had great difficulty during labor but a midwife comforted her and said, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” As Rachel took her last breath, she named her…
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God sends Jacob and his people to Bethel – without their foreign gods (Genesis 35:1 – 35:15)

God appeared to Jacob as he was fleeing from Esau and told him to go to Bethel and settle there. Jacob was instructed to build an altar to God when he arrived. Jacob told his family: “Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes. Then we…
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The rape of Dinah – Jacob’s sons rescue their sister and slaughter the Shechemites (Genesis 34:1 – 34:31)

Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, left her city to see the “women of the land”. Shechem, son of Hamor and ruler of the area she was visiting, took Dinah and raped her. Afterward, he fell in love with Dinah. He said to his father, “Get me this…
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Jacob wrestles with God – and earns a new name (Genesis 32:22 – 32:32)

During the night, Jacob took his two wives, two female servants, and eleven sons to cross a ford on the Jabbok River. After sending his family across the river, followed by all his possessions, Jacob was left alone. During the night, a “man” wrestled with Jacob. When the man saw…
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Jacob prepares to meet his estranged brother, Esau (Genesis 32:1 – 32:21)

As Jacob prepared to return to the Promised Land, he was met by angels in a place he named Mahanaim (meaning “two camps”). He recognized that God was with him. Jacob sent two messengers ahead of the caravan to meet his estranged brother, Esau, who lived in Seir, in the region…
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Laban pursues Jacob and his family – covenant marks the division of Israel and East (Genesis 31:22 – 31:55)

Jacob had escaped with his wives and been gone three days when Laban was informed that he had fled. Laban gathered his family and they pursued Jacob for seven days. They caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead where Jacob and his family had pitched their tents. Laban…
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Jacob and his family flee from Laban to the Land of Canaan (Genesis 31:1 – 31:21)

Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were complaining, saying “Jacob is taking all of our father’s wealth from us.” Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him had changed too. Then God told Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers. Go to your relatives. I will be with you.” Jacob…
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Jacob increases his flocks, and his wealth and status (Genesis 30:25 – 30:43)

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me back to my homeland (Canaan). Give me my wives and children, for whom I served you, and I will be on my way. You know that I have worked hard for you.” Laban replied, “If I have found…
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