Today, I discuss the sale of Joseph into Egypt.
Today, I discuss Genesis 35, as Jacob journeys southward in stages from Shechem to Hebron. This passage is punctuated by the deaths of Deborah, Rachel, and Isaac, the birth of Benjamin, and the rebellion of Reuben.
I discuss Genesis 31, where God appears to Jacob, Jacob flees from the house of Laban, Rachel takes Laban’s teraphim, and Laban and Jacob make a covenant.
Today I discuss a couple of the strangest episodes in the story of Genesis: Rachel’s request for some of Leah’s mandrakes and Jacob’s taking of Laban’s flocks using—among other things—poplar rods.
Jacob encounters Rachel at the well and marries Rachel and Leah.
In your video on numerology, you said that we should pay attention to the presence of very specific numbers in surprising places. One possible example I’d like for you to discuss is the five smooth stones of 1 Samuel 17:40. Why be so specific about FIVE stones, when he only ended up using one? And is there any point to the other peculiarly specific details here?
The story of Hagar found in Genesis 16 reminds me of the Samaritan woman in John 4. Both accounts involve a woman who is (in some sense) cast out from the Abrahamic community. She is met by God in visible form at a spring/well, and responds by praising his seeing/knowledge about her life. Has anyone else commented on this parallel before, or is it a bit too “fanciful” to be helpful?
One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, the fifth of my series for the twelve days of Christmas. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.
Over the Christmas period, I am posting videos exploring biblical echoes and symmetries in the stories of the nativity in the gospels. In this fifth video, I reveal the character of Rachel lying behind the narrative of Matthew 2. For more on the character of Rachel in Matthew 2, see this video.
What does the conception of Issachar have to do with Matthew 2:16-18?