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The Long Journey Homeward (Chaps. 31–33)

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/10.1093/0195138368.003.0032
 								The Long Journey Homeward (Chaps. 31–33)

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Jacob's journey homeward, after an absence of twenty years, consists of two main episodes: journeying in fear to meet Laban (Genesis 31:1–32:2), and journeying in greater fear to meet Esau, the brother who once sought to kill him (32:3–ch. 33). Jacob's fear includes the fear of death. In meeting Laban, he is cowed initially; only in his anger does he find the courage to confront Laban. However, before facing Esau, Jacob wrestles with God, and then he faces the danger somewhat calmly. The night struggle with God has some aspects of a betrothal.

Keywords: betrothal; Esau; fear; fear of death; Genesis; Jacob; Jacob's wrestling; journey homewards; Laban

Chapter.  7035 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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