Rachel – the Beloved, but Barren Wife

Rachel’s world – ten boys, one girl but none of them hers by birth (although the two borne by her maidservant are technically and culturally hers). She, the beloved wife of Jacob, that he worked many long years for (twice over) has to stand by watching as the sister, who their father infiltrated into Jacob’sContinue reading “Rachel – the Beloved, but Barren Wife”

Rachel – the Beautiful Shepherdess

Chronologically our next significant “Woman of the Bible” is Rachel.  Her story is much entwined with that of her sister Leah.  Rachel is noted for her beauty and she wins the heart of Jacob, Leah, the other sister, unloved, married by a trick to the trickster Jacob, she however is the ancestor of Joseph theContinue reading “Rachel – the Beautiful Shepherdess”

Rebekah – Domestic Disharmony (part 3)

Domestic life comes to the front again and once again family life is not harmonious.  Esau, now forty, has two wives Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.  His parents are united in their unhappiness.  Their older son’s choice of wives from among the local non-One GodContinue reading “Rebekah – Domestic Disharmony (part 3)”

An Interlude – Ten Camels

As the heading says – ten camels! This is the collection of camels (10) and assorted wise people travelling across my fireplace to see the newborn baby Jesus. Think about Rebekah’s generous offer to stable 10 large noisy camels. Think about Laban’s welcome for this large calvacade. Think about the Holy Family welcoming the wise,Continue reading “An Interlude – Ten Camels”