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For this coming Sunday, one Bible passage for church is Gen 25 where Jacob and Esau are born. 

I'd like to explore this passage from the point of history. This text was prophecy and history written after the fact. The author is writing either to record what the people believed about themselves or to tell the people what to believe about themselves.

The two boys are described in gendered terms. Esau is a man's man, hairy, a hunter, strong, and violent (cf. Cain). Jacob is not hairy, he is domestic, he is a "quiet man," he is more feminine than his brother. And this is reinforced by the fact that Esau is loved by his father but Jacob is loved by his mother.

The text says that two nations will come from the same womb.  When the author describes Jacob, he describes how he sees the nation of 
Israel (and how he believes they should see themselves). They're looking at the other nations, possibly at this point having been taken into a foreign land. He is telling the nation who they are.

And so he describes these shepherds (the nation) as soft, living in tents, quiet, feminine. And yet he was to come out on top. God would bless him (and he cleverly would take blessings). To the people in the land surrounded by enemies, he was giving them meaning for why they were blessed. It was legitimation for their life in the land. This line of thought needs more work, but the data is here.

Another interesting point is that Jacob is loved by God. That's interesting because Jacob is not loved by his father. God is lined up with the woman rather than the man.

I would like to explore the older brothers in Genesis as descendants of Adam. And I'd like to explore the younger brothers (brothers of promise) as descendants of Eve. I'd also like to connect Jacob's cleverness with the cleverness in Gen 3. Those seems like threads that could yield cool things.

Postscript: Someone brought of the connection between Jacob the shepherd and Jesus the shepherd. With Jesus, again the god-figure lines himself up with Jacob, the feminine one.

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