Week 7: Isaac’s Blessing

Reading

Genesis 25–27 (Isaac’s Blessing)

Questions

Does/can/should God have favorites?

What is a birthright?

In this week’s reading, Yahweh seems to favor Jacob, the younger of Isaac and Rebekah’s twins, right from the get-go. Right from the womb! God has already favored Abel over Cain, Noah, and Shem/Japheth, and Isaac over Ishmael. Is this a pattern? Why does God prefer some people over others?

Some high points—

  • Carnal impulses vs. words
    • Esau seems to be the “carnal” jock guy, while Jacob embodies more of a trickster figure
    • Or is it Rebekah who’s the trickster?
    • Or (deeper Inception) Yahweh was the trickster all along…
  • Goats
    • Is the birthright a bunch of goats? Tents? Wealth accumulated from all these sister-wife cons they’ve been pulling on various Abimelechs?
    • or is it a political, national future?
    • is it the Seed, as Michael reminds us?
    • is it Yahweh’s favor, Yahweh’s blessing—Yahweh’s love?
  • Belial asks whether Love is part of the plan at all
  • Uriel gives us a dramatic reading of Isaac’s blessing
  • Lucifer sings “Love is like a magic penny” (it’s not; that’s capital)
  • Accumulating wealth—blessing or curse? (No takebacks on blessings!)

Takeaways:

You kind of have to choose between food and the kingdom of heaven.

Gems from the Chat

Can I go off on the color red in the bible? dam=”blood”, Adam=”dirt/man”, adama = “soil”, adom = “red”, admoni = “ruddy/red-head” !!! all connected to red. Adam is obvious, but also king David is consistently described as “ruddy”! Apparently was common in iron age Judah — remnant Indo-European genes from Neo-Hittites in Canaan??? No clue how Edom ties in but his ruddy/hairy schtick seems connected

Azazel

Jacob is a mama’s boy!

Uriel

Abraham was the ultimate wife-man… and Isaac is just a simp

Michael

i wanna be a collage person

Gabriel

Isaac is only valuable bc he has a penis through which flows The Seed

Michael

THE SISTERWIFE NARRATIVES​
WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT​
THREE TIMES​
STOP DOING IT

Azazel

Image source: “Jacob and Esau,” c. 1696. Oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Courtesy of Lluís Ribes Mateu, Flickr.

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