- The heap of rocks is a witness? - Gen 31:48 Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." Therefore he named it Galeed
- Again, I'm seeing anthropomorphic verses. Do Christians believe that Jacob wrestled with God? Or do they take this as figurative? Gen 32:22-32
- Dinah's brothers asked for the men who defiled her to be circumcised. Does this mean they are asking them to convert? Gen 34:15 Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised.
- I have to say that after they did circumcise everyone, it was quite disturbing that the brothers went and killed all the men in the town when they knew they would be healing. Talk about killing a fly with a sledge hammer!
- Is this verse at least partially the basis of Israel being named a land for the Jews in present day? Gen 35:12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you."
- I'm starting to think fornication isn't even considered a sin in Joseph's time. Here's another example of loose morals Gen 38:2 There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua. He took her and went in to her,
- Is it the duty of a man to take in his deceased brother's wife? Do they get married, or just "play house?" Gen 38:8 Then Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother."
- Onan then tries to prevent pregnancy with her in verse 9, and is put to death in verse 10. Is preventing pregnancy not allowed?
- Why can't Egyptians eat with Hebrews? Gen 43:32 They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
- Another mention of divination from someone I thought was supposed to be a man of God? Gen 44:5 Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this. (The evil is stealing the cup)
- Is Sheol hell?... okay, I looked it up now... Is this where purgatory comes in? Sounds awfully like Greek mythology to me. Gen 44:31 as soon as he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to Sheol.
- Why are shepherds and abomination to Egyptians? Gen 46:34 ... for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians."
Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed reading Joseph's story. I made at note at Gen 39:10 "Joseph has morals!" Call me crazy, but I think a book that is scripture should be teaching us how to live and giving examples of behavior that is right in the sight of God.
This... I can't believe this is actually in the Bible!! She knew she was luring in her father in law! Gen 38:15-18 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16He turned to her at the roadside and said, "Come, let me come in to you," for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?" 17He answered, "I will send you a young goat from the flock." And she said, "If you give me a pledge, until you send it—" 18He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" She replied, "Your signet and your cord and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
- Then in verse 24 Judah was going to put her to death by burning her alive, but then he finds out that she is pregnant with his child and so nothing happens! He doesn't deserve a punishment, but she was about to be burned alive??
I'm actually going to stop here to make reading this easier even though I have gotten into Exodus 4 so far. InshaAllah I'll put together another post very soon with the remainder of my notes.