+- User

Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Forgot your password?

+-Stats ezBlock

Total Members: 100
Latest: Geoff
New This Month: 1
New This Week: 1
New Today: 1
Total Posts: 8571
Total Topics: 564
Most Online Today: 369
Most Online Ever: 771
(July 30, 2019, 01:13:39 am)
Users Online
Members: 2
Guests: 141
Total: 143

Author Topic: A Journey Thru Genesis  (Read 3610 times)

0 Members and 0 Guests are viewing this topic.

Olde Tymer

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Super Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 858
  • Karma: +1010/-0
  • Referrals: 0
Re: A Journey Thru Genesis
« Reply #260 on: August 09, 2019, 09:58:27 am »
● Gen 35:16b . . Rachel was in childbirth, and she had hard labor.

Rachel was no longer a spring chicken. Rueben, Jacob's firstborn, is now old enough to fool around with grown women. It's probably been in the neighborhood of 40+ years since Rachel's first meeting with Jacob back in chapter 29; when she was just a youngster of perhaps 15-20 years old at the time.

● Gen 35:17 . .When her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her: Have no fear, for it is another boy for you.

Rachel, no doubt remembered why she named her other son Joseph, back in chapter 30, while they were all yet still living up north with Laban. Joseph's Hebrew name is Yowceph (yo-safe') which is a mini prayer that says: May the Lord add another son for me. (Gen 30:24)

● Gen 35:18 . . But as she breathed her last-- for she was dying --she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

A complicated delivery in those days typically ended in tragedy. People had no surgical skills nor tools and procedures to save either the mother or her child. The exact nature of Rachel's problem isn't stated. She could have experienced severe hemorrhaging, eclampsia, or maybe her heart just couldn't take the stress, and gave out.

Ben-oni possibly means: "A Son Born In Grief". But Jacob changed it to Binyamiyn (bin-yaw-mene') which possibly means: "The Son At My Right Hand".

Joseph, rather than Benjamin, became Jacob's favorite; and the only one of the twelve upon whom he could rely. (cf. Ps 16:8, Ps 110:1)

BTW: Benjamin holds the distinction of being the only one of Jacob's children born in the land of Canaan, i.e. he was a native son while the other boys were immigrants. Abraham was an immigrant too, having migrated from the area in and around what we know today as Iraq.

● Gen 35:19 . .Thus Rachel died. She was buried on the road to Ephrath-- now Bethlehem.

The postscript "now Bethlehem" indicates an editorial insertion by someone later; possibly a scribe or someone assigned the task of making copies; which was a perpetual task in the ages prior to the existence of modern papers, printing presses, and electronic storage media.

● Gen 35:20 . . Over her grave Jacob set up a pillar; it is the pillar at Rachel's grave to this day.

The pillar was probably just a pile of rocks, like a cairn. The phrase "to this day" indicates the day of the writer rather than the day upon which somebody in our own day might read this passage.

By the time of 1Sam 10:2-- roughly 1020 BC --Rachel's Tomb was a famous landmark. The traditional site, presently so-called, lies about four miles south of Jerusalem, and one mile north of Bethlehem. The current small, square shaped, domed structure isn't the original, but a relatively late monument. In 1841, the "tomb" was renovated, and in 1948 taken over by Jordanian invaders. Jews were barred from visiting it, and the area was converted into a Muslim cemetery; which was eventually liberated by Israelis in 1967.

NOTE: Loss of access to an important ancestor's grave site isn't just an archeological loss; it's a family loss.

When my father-in-law passed away in 2012 a step-daughter tried to  commandeer his body from the hospital so she could get him cremated and spread his ashes somewhere over the landscape in Arizona without the slightest consideration for the feelings of his blood kin who, except for my wife, all live on the East coast.

Well; thank heaven my wife and her sister intervened with the appropriate legal documents in the nick of time to take custody of their father's body before the step-daughter got away with her nefarious scheme. My father-in-law certainly deserved better than just discarding his ashes somewhere out in the desert. He was a pipeline engineer with the US Army on the Ledo Road (a.k.a. Stilwell Road) in the China/Burma/India theater in the second world war. His remains are now safely buried back East in the family's cemetery; where his real kin can come and visit him on occasion.


Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
1 Replies
Last post November 25, 2018, 07:46:19 am
by patrick jane
76 Replies
Last post July 11, 2019, 05:52:53 am
by patrick jane
5 Replies
Last post May 22, 2019, 03:24:14 pm
by patrick jane
0 Replies
Last post May 22, 2019, 01:16:38 am
by Ted T.
2 Replies
Last post May 23, 2019, 10:58:18 pm
by patrick jane

+-Recent Topics

Your Favorite Music, Images and Memes by MichaelC
Today at 06:13:57 pm

Killer Whale Live Streams On YouTube by patrick jane
Today at 05:54:19 pm

The Possession Project: Gray Magick by truthjourney
Today at 02:45:06 pm

What is the difference between being born again and salvation? by Ted T.
Today at 02:15:40 pm

Christ's Ways by Olde Tymer
Today at 08:34:47 am

I Cor. 12 which gifts are for woman who are not allowed to teach men? by Lori Bolinger
Today at 07:42:42 am

A curious, what do you think? by Bladerunner
December 10, 2019, 06:54:48 pm

Cain According To James by Bladerunner
December 10, 2019, 06:41:26 pm

Trump 2020 - Winning !!! by patrick jane
December 10, 2019, 12:21:32 pm

Politics Today by patrick jane
December 10, 2019, 12:21:00 pm

Re: Trump 2020 - Winning !!! by patrick jane
December 10, 2019, 12:20:17 pm

Re: Politics Today by patrick jane
December 10, 2019, 12:20:01 pm

Hello All by patrick jane
December 09, 2019, 11:40:29 pm

Transpocalypse Upon Us by patrick jane
December 09, 2019, 09:41:42 pm

Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD by Bladerunner
December 09, 2019, 08:32:09 pm

December 09, 2019, 07:41:44 pm

December 09, 2019, 08:47:38 am

Free Speech by patrick jane
December 09, 2019, 12:18:57 am