The Bible Slam: Genesis Chapter 31

With all of the speckled, streaked and spotted livestock Jacob was accumulating, his uncle Laban and male cousins were not too thrilled with Jacob, so he gathered up his wives and possessions and stole away.   Unbeknown to Jacob, his wife Rachel stole some "images" from her father Laban.

Laban chases after Jacob and searches through the tents and possessions, looking for the "images."   Rachel, who is menstruating, sits on them.   No man is allowed to go near a menstruating woman in the Bible, so Laban doesn't find the images.

Laban and Jacob swear to not cross over a "heap" onto each others' land and go their separate ways.

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Talking Points.

In the New Living Translation that Chev is reading from, the "images" mentioned in the King James version are idols.   Despite God's hatred for graven images and idols, God appears to Laban anyway, in verse 24:

And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

Leah and Rachel were "purchased" from Laban.   Throughout the Old Testament, women are viewed as property and worth less than their male counterparts.   Here's an interesting look from the BBC at medieval attitudes toward women which were based on religious doctrine and ancient teachings.

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