As you read Genesis 28–33, ponder what you learn from the examples of Jacob and his family. Write down any impressions you receive.
Genesis 28: Isaac forbids Jacob to marry a Canaanite—He blesses Jacob and his seed with the blessings of Abraham—Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael—Jacob sees in vision a ladder reaching up into heaven—The Lord promises him seed as the dust of the earth in number—The Lord also promises Jacob that in him and in his seed all the families of the earth will be blessed—Jacob covenants to pay tithes.
Genesis 29: Jacob meets Rachel at the well—He serves Laban seven years for her—Laban gives to Jacob first Leah then Rachel in marriage—Jacob serves another seven years—Leah bears Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.
Genesis 30: Jacob marries Bilhah, and she bears Dan and Naphtali—He marries Zilpah, and she bears Gad and Asher—Leah bears Issachar and Zebulun and a daughter, Dinah—Then Rachel conceives and bears Joseph—Jacob works for Laban for wages of cattle and sheep.
Genesis 31: The Lord commands Jacob to return to Canaan, and Jacob departs secretly—Laban pursues him; they resolve their differences and make a covenant of peace—Laban blesses his descendants, and he and Jacob part company.
Genesis 32: Jacob sees angels—He asks God to preserve him from Esau, for whom he prepares presents—He wrestles all night with a messenger of God—Jacob’s name is changed to Israel—He sees God face to face.
Genesis 33: Jacob and Esau meet and are reconciled—Esau receives Jacob’s presents—Jacob settles in Canaan, where he builds an altar.
Resources on ChurchofJesusChrist.org
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- Come, Follow Me—For Primary (lesson materials at ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
- “Dearest Children, God Is Near You,” Hymns, no. 96.
- Thoughts to Keep in Mind: The House of Israel
- Chapter 11: Jacob and His Family
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 34: Genesis 28–30
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 35: Genesis 31–32
- Old Testament Seminary Student Material: Lesson 36: Genesis 33–34
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 7: Day 1, Genesis 28–30
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 7: Day 2, Genesis 31–32
- Old Testament Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students: Unit 7: Day 3, Genesis 33–37
- Old Testament Institute Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel: Genesis 24–36: The Covenant Line Continues with Isaac and Jacob
Resources on Interpreter Foundation
- KnoWhy OTL10A — What Are We to Make of Jacob’s Apparent Deceitfulness?, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, March 5, 2018
- Scripture Roundtable: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10, Birthright Blessings, Marriage in the Covenant, Administration, February 24, 2014
- “Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant” Genesis 24-29, Taylor Halverson, July 24, 2013
- KnoWhy OTL08E — Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 5: Mamre, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, February 20, 2018
- KnoWhy OTL08D — Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 4: Ancient Hebron, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, February 17, 2018
- KnoWhy OTL08C — Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 3: Jacob’s Well and the Tombs of Joseph and Rachel, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, February 16, 2018
- KnoWhy OTL08B — Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 2: The Tomb of the Patriarchs, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, February 14, 2018
- KnoWhy OTL08A — Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 1: Introduction, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, February 13, 2018
- “We Are a Remnant of the Seed of Joseph”: Moroni’s Interpretive Use of Joseph’s Coat and the Martial nēs-Imagery of Isaiah 11:11–12, Matthew L. Bowen, November 4, 2020
- “And They Shall Be Had Again”: Onomastic Allusions to Joseph in Moses 1:41 in View of the So-called Canon Formula, Matthew L. Bowen, June 21, 2019
- “Thou Art the Fruit of My Loins”: The Interrelated Symbolism and Meanings of the Names Joseph and Ephraim in Ancient Scripture,, Matthew L. Bowen and Loren Blake Spendlove, April 13, 2018
- “I Kneeled Down Before My Maker”: Allusions to Esau in the Book of Enos, Matthew L. Bowen, September 22, 2017
- The Integration of Temples and Families: A Latter-day Saint Structure for the Jacob Cycle, Jamie J. Huston, November 12, 2014
- “And There Wrestled a Man with Him” (Genesis 32:24): Enos’s Adaptations of the Onomastic Wordplay of Genesis, Matthew L. Bowen, May 30, 2014
- The Brass Plates Version of Genesis, Noel B. Reynolds, October 15, 2019
- Sorting Out the Sources in Scripture, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, April 4, 2014
- The Case for the Documentary Hypothesis, Historical Criticism, and the Latter-day Saints, Colby J. Townsend, April 4, 2014
Resources on Other Sites
- How Did Enos Liken the Scriptures to His Own Life?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #265, January 23, 2017
- Doctrine and the Temple in Nauvoo, Larry C. Porter, Milton V. Backman Jr., BYU Studies, Vol. 32, no. 1–2
- Eternal Marriage and Family in the Old Testament, Michael A. Goodman, The Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament
- Jacob in the Presence of God, Andrew C. Skinner, Sperry Symposium Classics: The Old Testament
- Joseph as a Type of Christ in Syriac Literature, Kristian S. Heal, BYU Studies, Vol. 41, no. 1
- The Story of Judah and Tamar, Ben Spackman, Religious Educator