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Discipleship Lessons from the Life of Jacob:
A Bible Study Commentary on Genesis 25-49

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Jacob is a troubling character in the Old Testament. He is conniving and he is spiritual too. He has moments of strong faith as well as of fear. His family is sometimes in disarray, and yet at the end he is the one who sets it straight.

Jacob the Patriarch is a bit too much like us -- with very human strengths and weaknesses, but a man with a striving for spiritual things. From this imperfect man we learn important lessons of faith. especially, about God's grace.

The events described in Jacob's story comprise most of Genesis chapters 25-49. If you haven't read the Old Testament much, you'll be pleased to find that God will speak to you here -- loud and clear.

Each of the seven detailed lessons include probing discussion questions and can be used for personal enrichment, by small groups and classes, and by teachers and preachers.

Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 117-page book:

Preface 3
Table of Contents 5
Reprint Guidelines 9
Online Bible Study Forum 10
References and Abbreviations 11
Introduction to Jacob's Life and Times 12
1. Jacob the Deceiver (Genesis 25:19-34; 27:1-41) 21
2. Jacob Meets God (Genesis 27:41-28:22) 34
3. Jacob and Laban, Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29-31) 49
4. Jacob Wrestles with God and Man (Genesis 32-33) 65
5. Jacob Returns to Bethel (Genesis 33:17-35:29) 78
6. Jacob's Depression, Fear, and Hope (Genesis 37-47) 93
7. Jacob Offers Blessings (Genesis 46:28-49:33) 106
Appendix - Participant Handouts 123

Detailed Table of Contents

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