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Jacob's Children and Flocks (29:31–Chap. 30)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0031
Jacob's Children and Flocks (29:31–Chap. 30)

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The account of the generating of Jacob's children (Genesis 29:31–30:24) is balanced by an account of the generating of Jacob's flocks (30:25–43). The children are generated in the context of the rivalry between Leah and Rachel; the flocks in the context of the rivalry between Laban and Jacob. The children carry the names of the future tribes, and the flocks have echoes of the people. Children and flocks promise well for the future.

Keywords: children; flocks; Genesis; Jacob; Laban; Leah; people; Rachel

Chapter.  2483 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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