Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Creation
Week 3: The Garden of Eden
Week 4: The Flood
Week 5: The Call of Abraham
Week 6: Abraham and Isaac
Week 7: Jacob
Week 8: Joseph
Jacob – Discussion Questions
- Is Jacob ultimately a sympathetic character?
- What about Esau?
- How does a family story become a national narrative?
- What does it mean for the hero of the story, and the namesake of Israel, to be a trickster? What does it mean for God to have chosen the cheater to be the successful son?
- In Scripture, the people of Israel are never related to Canaanites or Egyptians. Recent scholarship shows that Israelites were a specific group of Canaanites. Why was it so important that their stories differentiate them from these particular neighbors?
- Jacob ultimately wrestles with God – literally. It can sometimes feel like we are wrestling with our faith. How can Jacob’s chosenness, cheating, and eventual wrestling help us think about how we relate to God?
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