Genesis 25-35

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Subpages: Chapter 25b  •  25c-28  •  29-31  •  32-35

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Summary[edit]

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Relationship to Genesis. The relationship of Chapters 25b-35 to the rest of Genesis is discussed at Genesis.

Story. Chapters 25b-35 consist of the Jacob cycle, the third of the four major sections of Genesis. Chapters 25b-35 tell how Jacob obtained his father Isaac's birthright blessing through trickery and how God himself confirmed the Abrahamic Covenant with Jacob. This cycle of stories consists of six major sections:

  • Chapter 25b: Descendants of Ishmael. A genealogical list of Ishmael's descendants.

Outline. An outline of the complete book of Genesis, including Chapters 25b-35, is found at Genesis: Outline and page map.

Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 25b-35 include:

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  • Outline. The Jacob cycle can be outlined as follows:
Book 8: "Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son ..." (25:12)
● Descendants of Ishmael (Chapter 25b)
Book 9: "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son ..." (25:19)
A. Father Isaac in Canaan (Chapter 25c-26)
B. Jacob and Esau in conflict (Chapter 27-28)
C. Jacob and Laban (Chapter 29-31)
B. Jacob and Esau reconciled (Chapter 32-33)
A. Father Jacob in Canaan (Chapter 34-35)

Outline and page map[edit]

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The outline below is summarized on this handout and is used here with the King James text

III. Jacob cycle (25b-35)
• Book 8: "Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son ..." (25:12)
● Descendants of Ishmael (Chapter 25b)

• Book 9: "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son ..." (25:19)
III-A. Jacob in Canaan (25c-28)
A. Isaac's two sons: Jacob and Esau (25c)

• Twins struggle within Rebekah; the Lord and Rebekah favor Jacob over Esau (25:19-26)
• Esau sells his birthright to Jacob (25:27-34)
B. Isaac deals humbly with Canaanites, treaty of peace (26) (26:1-33)
a. Abrahamic covenant given to Isaac (26:1-5)
b. Rebekah taken as wife by king Abimelech (26:6-11)
b. Philistines ask Isaac to depart (26:12-17)
c. Disputes with Philistines over wells (26:18-22)
a. Abrahamic covenant renewed with Isaac (26:23-25)
b. Covenant of peace with king Abimelech (26:26-31)
c. Well at Beersheba (26:32-33)
C. Jacob and Esau in conflict (27-28)
• Jacob obtains Isaac’s favored blessing by trick, flees (26:34-28:9)
a. Esau’s non-covenant marriages (26:34-35)
b. Isaac plans to bless Esau (27:1-5)
c. Rebekah arranges for Isaac to bless Jacob (27:6-17)
d. Isaac unwittingly blesses Jacob (27:18-29)
d. Isaac confirms Jacob’s blessing, then blesses Esau (27:30-40)
c. Rebekah arranges for Isaac to send Jacob to Haran (27:41-46)
b. Isaac sends Jacob to Haran for a covenant wife (28:1-5)
a. Esau's covenant marriage (28:6-9)
• Abrahamic covenant given to Jacob (Jacob's ladder) (28:10-22)


III-B. Jacob in Haran (29-31)

D. Laban tricks Jacob re wife after first 7 years (29a) (29:1-30)
E. Jacob blessed with children during second 7 years (29b-30a) (29:31-30:24)
E'. Jacob blessed with flocks during final 6 years (30b) (30:25-43)
D'. Jacob flees Laban and then is reconciled with Laban (31) (31:1-55)


III-A'. Jacob back in Canaan (32-35)

C'. Jacob deals humbly with and Esau and is reconciled (32-33)
  • Jacob gives gifts to Esau (32:1-23)
  • Jacob's name changed to Israel (Jacob wrestles) (32:24-32)
  • Jacob is reconciled with Esau (33:1-20)
B'. Jacob's sons deal trickily and proudly with Canaanites, Jacob's family flees (34-35a)
  • Dina to marry king's son, brothers break covenant with king and kill city (34:1-31)
  • Jacob travels to Bethel (35:1-8)
  • Abrahamic covenant renewed at Bethel (35:9-15)

A'. Jacob's sons, deaths of Rachel and Isaac (35b)

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