Jacob : The Third Patriarch Of The Israelites

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Jacob: • Is the third patriarch of the Israelites. • Son of Isaac and Rebecca, grandson of Abraham and Sarah • He and his twin Esau were fighting in Rebecca’s womb, causing her discomfort, so she asked God why and God answered that the twins would continue to fight for the rest of their lives and the older would serve the younger. • Jacob had 12 sons who would later become the 12 tribes of Israel and one daughter. • The sons names were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zepulun, Joseph and Benjamin. Daughter=Dinah • He had 2 wives, Leah and Rachel, and his handmaidens Bilhah and Zilpah also bore him sons. • Before Benjamin’s birth, Jacob is renamed Israel. He fights with an unknown being later revealed as God and when the figure realises he is losing the fight he touched Jacob on the hip which caused him to dislocate it. • Esau grew to be a cunning hunter, however Jacob was a simple man, living in tents. • One time Esau came to Jacob’s door, returning from the fields starving. He asked for some food and Jacob asked for Esau’s birthright and firstborn in return for the soup. Esau immediately agreed, ate his stew and left. • Isaac grew old and blind, and not sure when he was to die, decided to give Esau his birthright. He summoned Esau and asked him to go out to the fields and kill some venison, then cook it the way he enjoyed most so that whilst eating the meat he could bless Esau. • Rebecca overheard the conversation and remembering God’s

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