We're heading into Lloyd Webber territory here. Here's the text
, and here are my notes to myself.
- *quick rewind* OK, that "he" in verse 1 is Jacob, overhearing a spot of jealousy on the part of his employers' sons. Uh-oh. Has his breeding program been a bit *too* clever?
- I must have been right that "cattle" means "any hoofed, domesticated animal" - otherwise there are some very dodgy rams in this chapter.
- What are the "images" that Rachel makes off with in verse 19? Oh... verse 30, his gods. What does she want with them?
- Verse 35 (Rachel, you cunning girl!). Is "the custom of women" menstruation or pregnancy?
- Thoughy the Arbitration Commission was going to have to get involved. I get the impression the pillar is a boundary marker - a fence between good neighbours.