Jacob’s Dreams & Paddan Aram

I can understand Esau’s hatred towards Jacob.  Jacob ‘s a conniver, he would do well in politics.  He probably inherited that from his grandfather because he was a 1 politician, but not a conniver. His shrewdness was probably in the bloodline.  

He inherited the conniving ability from his mother, but the ability to negotiate probably came from his  grandfather because he had been a politician, but not like the politicians of today, Abraham was an honest man. 

“And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of 2 Canaan. 

Arise, go to Padan-aram (like our counties, Haran is a part of Padan-aram), to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother (Gen 28:1-2).

Jacob obeyed Isaac, and Esau was now mad at Isaac also, so he wanted to displease him.

And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

Then went Esau unto Ishmael (remember Ishmael is their uncle), and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife” (Gen 28:8-9).

“And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 

And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place!  This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Gen 28:11-17).

The Great Mosque

Jacob arrived at a well and while he was talking to the sheep herders his cousin Rachel showed up with his Uncle Laban’s sheep.  And Jacob was infatuated by her. 

After introducing himself and helping her feed the sheep he went to Laban’s home (children lived with their parents for a long time back then). 

Laban was happy to see him and gave him a job, but he wouldn’t let Jacob work for free, he wanted to pay him.  Sounds like a decent guy but was he?

Jacob’s job was to take care of Laban’s livestock and Laban what did he think was fair pay?  Leah, Rachel’s older sister, was tender eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored. 

Jacob told him he would work for him for seven years if he could then marry Rachel.  Laban agreed  (Gen 29:1-27).

1 Abraham and certainly Moses (who is to come), was a Patriarch, which literally means, rule of the father. 

A Patriarch has absolute rule over his clan, whether it be politics, economics, military matters, religion, social affairs, and over life and death.

2 Remember that Abraham didn’t want Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, they’re evil and worship other gods.

Paddan Aram

The geographical name Paddan Aram has been found only in Genesis and its meaning and exact location are uncertain.

Many scholars believe that Paddan Aram is an alternate name for Aram Naharaim (“Aram of the two rivers – Gen 24:10), the northern region of the vicinity of Haran, which figures prominently in Genesis as the patriarch’s ancestral home.

The prophet Hosea referred to Jacob’s journey to the “country [or field] of Aram” (Hos 12:12).  Some scholars believe this phrase to be Hosea’s translation of Paddan Aram, based upon the facts that a Ugaritic text refers to “fields of Ararri” and that an Arabic noun, paddan, sometimes means “field.” This argument remains, however, inconclusive.

Others suggest that Paddan means “road,” based on the similar Akkadian word paddanu (“highway”).  Thus Paddan Aram would mean “road of Aram.”

A synonym of paddanu is the word harranu, which may have been the source of Haran, the city from which Abram departed for Canaan.

Understood in this light, Paddan Aram would in fact be an alternative name for Haran. Although uncertainty about the name remains, scholars are confident that Paddan Aram refers either to the region around Haran or to Haran itself.

Some also say that Paddan Aram was an early Aramean kingdom in Mesopotamia.