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Relationship to Genesis 25b-35. The relationship of Chapter 29-31 to the rest of the Jacob cycle is discussed at Genesis 25b-35.
Story. Chapter 29-31 consists of four major sections:
- Verses 29:1-30: Laban tricks Jacob re wife.
- Verses 29:31-30:24: Jacob blessed with children.
- Verses 30:25-43: Jacob blessed with flocks.
- Verses 31:1-55: Jacob flees Laban and is reconciled.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapter 29-31 include:
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- Outline. Chapter 29-31 can be outlined as a chiasmus:
- a. Laban tricks Jacob re wife (29:1-30)
- a. Jacob flees Laban and is reconciled (31:1-55)
- Gen 31:7. It is interesting that God didn't prevent Laban from sinning by changing Jacob's wages but He isolated Jacob from the effects of Laban's sin.
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- LDS Institute Old Testament Student Manual, Vol. 1 (PDF version): Chapter 7/28: Gen 24-36. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2003.
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