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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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Jacob's Children and Flocks (29:31–Chap. 30)

Jacob's Children and Flocks (29:31–Chap. 30)

The Generating of Children (29:31–30:24)

The Generating of Flocks (30:25–43)

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31Jacob's Children and Flocks (29:31–Chap. 30)
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Genesis as Dialogue
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Thomas L. Brodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138368.003.0031

The account of the generating of Jacob's children (Genesis 29:31–30:24) is balanced by an account of the generating of Jacob's flocks (30:25–43). The children are generated in the context of the rivalry between Leah and Rachel; the flocks in the context of the rivalry between Laban and Jacob. The children carry the names of the future tribes, and the flocks have echoes of the people. Children and flocks promise well for the future.

Keywords:   children, flocks, Genesis, Jacob, Laban, Leah, people, Rachel

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