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.
Jacob encounters Rachel at the well and marries Rachel and Leah.
I comment on Genesis 28 and Jacob’s Ladder.
I discuss Genesis 27, where Isaac is deceived and Esau loses the blessing to Jacob.
Today, I discuss Genesis 26, in which Isaac consolidates the legacy of his father, Abraham.
Today, I comment on Genesis 25, where we see Abraham’s death and the beginning of the great struggle between Esau and Jacob.
Today, I comment on Genesis 24 and the quest for a bride for Isaac.
Today, I comment on Genesis 22:20—23:20, concerning the death and burial of Sarah.
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?