Bible study 35 – Genesis 35

God asks Jacob to travel to Bethel, and throws a “terror” down on the nearby cities so he won’t be attacked. On the way, God gives Jacob the name Israel, just like he did to his father Isaac.

After reaching Bethel he starts travelling again. Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin near Bethlehem. Reuben sleeps with his stepmother Bilhah.

Finally, he travels back to his father Isaac (or Israel Senior), who lives in Hebron now, like his own father did. Isaac dies at 180 years of age.

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If I got the locations right, this route makes complete sense. They more or less travel in a line.

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