5095 Jacob, life and character of
The grandson of Abraham and son of Isaac, who was chosen by God, despite his personal faults and shortcomings, to be the recipient of the promises made to Abraham. His name means “he grasps the heel”, an allusion to the circumstances of his birth (Ge 25:25-26).
Jacob obtains the rights of the firstborn son
Jacob inherits the promises made to Abraham
Jacob flees to Haran
He encounters God at Bethel Ge 28:10-22 The encounter with God at Bethel confirms that Jacob has received the promise made to Abraham, and that Jacob has accepted his role of bearer of that promise to future generations.
Jacob returns to Canaan
His encounter with God Ge 32:24-30 The change of his name from “Jacob” (meaning “he grasps the heel”, figuratively, “he deceives”) to “Israel” (meaning “he struggles with God”) confirms Jacob as the recipient of the Abrahamic blessings. See also Ge 35:1-5,9-15
His reunion with Esau Ge 33:1-17
Jacob’s death and burial
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