Jacob: Discerning God's Presence - Studies in Faithful Living

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9781577995463: Jacob: Discerning God's Presence - Studies in Faithful Living

Heir to a great promise, Jacob should have lived a life defined by God's presence. Instead, it was often characterized by conflict, deception, and selfish ambition. Yet, Jacob's story shows us how God remained with Jacob, just as He remains with believers today. Jacob: Discerning God's Presence will help you gain insights into Jacob's story as you explore the themes, context, and cultural background of the text. Find new ways to apply Jacob's life lessons to your own life with discussion and reflection questions. A collaborative effort by writers Derek R. Brown, Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Wendy Widder, this resource will help you dig deep into the life of Joseph. Walk with Jacob, and discover what it means to know and respond to God's presence.

Contents:
  • Setting the Stage: Explore theme, literary context, and the histrical and cultural backgrounds of Jacob's story.
  • A Closer Look: Explore the narrative while considering issues of interpretation, original language, and theology.
  • Throughout the Bible: Examine references to the narrative elsewhere in the Bible.
  • Beyond the Bible: Consider references to the narrative in ancient documents and extracanonical texts and references and by theologians, the church fathers, and contemporary thinkers.
  • Application: Explore the event's relevance to your journey of faith.

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About the Author:

Wendy Widder spent most of her twenties teaching elementary students and waiting to get married. Then she decided life was happening without her, so she started a collection of graduate degrees in Bible, theology, and ancient languages. After twelve years, five advisors, three schools, two states, and two continents, she emerged from the ivory tower and found herself in mid-life, learning new ways to live whole without a better half. She is also the author of "A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After" (Kregel, 2003) and a book she coauthored with her father to help Christian teachers integrate a biblical worldview into their courses. Wendy blogs at wendywidder.com.

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