Friday, November 18, 2011

Jacob and Laban

Still waiting for photos from our work on our nomadic tents on Weds, in the meantime, I'll just forge ahead:
Above is J's story drawing from "Jacob and Laban", where Jacob finally leaves Laban after 20 years of servitude. That's Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel, lying on her camel saddle in the background, hiding the fact that she's stolen her father's gods' images from his house. Below is Zoo Boy's drawing, depicting Jacob on a hill with his flock of speckled, spotted, and brown sheep and cattle.

Above is J's summary (which we even had to shorted from what we originally came up with, because it was more than page long), and below is Zoo Boy's still somewhat shorter summary.

I find it interesting that the kids have not been concerned by the fact that it's common in these stories for the husbands to have children with other women. For instance, Jacob has children with Leah (Rachel's sister, also his wife), and both Rachel's and Leah's handmaidens. We've run into this sort of thing in previous stories as well, but the boys just take it in stride. Like I said, interesting! They (especially Zoo Boy) are much more concerned with the fact that Jacob's 12 sons get to sire the 12 tribes of Israel, but nothing more is said of his daughter.


MM said...

I suppose the account of Dinah's rape, and her brothers' revenge upon the rapist and his kin, is not included in your story collection. You'll find it in Genesis 34.

MM said...

I wasn't suggesting that you should answer the boys' question about what happened to Jacob's daughter Dinah - at least, not in detail. I just thought you might be interested for your own background knowlege. It is a very sad story, but it reflects the reality of life in a fallen world. I think it also shows what kind of men Jacob's older sons were, and foreshadows their later actions toward their brother Joseph. And if Joseph was old enough to know what was happening, the events may have helped shape him into the wise and forgiving man that he became.

Harvest Moon Farm said...

No, we left that particular story out. ;) Although it really further makes Zoo Boy's point -- the only reason the daughter is even mentioned in the first place is to further the story of the sons.

(He had a really interested point about the Pharoah's order to have all male Hebrew babies killed, will post about that tomorrow or the next day when I get into the Moses stories...kid is a deep thinker.)

Interesting point about Joseph having been a witness to that, it's a perspective I hadn't thought of.